My way or the highway: Health Minister's 'oppressive' ultimatum

Welsh Conservatives have condemned a ‘support changes or go’ ultimatum delivered to community health councils. Speaking at a CHC conference in Cardiff last week, a strongly worded message from the Health Minister implied it was ‘my way or the highway’, according to the Shadow Minister for Health.

Welsh Cavalry decision welcomed

Secretary of State for Wales, Cheryl Gillan MP, and Leader of the Welsh Conservatives in the Assembly, Andrew RT Davies AM, respond to the Defence Secretary's announcement on the future of the army.

Rural failings: Broadband, transport and a junior Minister

Welsh Conservatives will today make renewed calls for increased efforts to deal with an on-going ‘crisis’ in rural Wales. During an opposition debate, the group will highlight sluggish progress on broadband development and a failure to boost the rural transport infrastructure. 

Extended GP opening hours delayed again

Welsh Conservatives have criticised another delay in the introduction of improved GP opening hours. Shadow Minister for Health Darren Millar AM has also highlighted a ministerial admission that weekend opening (or ‘enhanced access’) will require funding taken from elsewhere in health board budgets.

Ministers need a lesson in priorities

Welsh Conservatives have called the purchase of nine ministerial ring-binders – at 72 pounds each – ‘symptomatic of an out of touch Cabinet’. Nine red folders have recently been given to Ministers at a total cost of 648 pounds.

Survey costs need greater scrutiny

Welsh Conservatives have called for greater scrutiny of the amount of money spent on surveys commissioned by the Welsh Government. Contract costs vary significantly according to information obtained via the Freedom of Information Act. While a Severn Tolls and Fieldwork survey and an Impact Assessment of London 2012 Games cost 750 pounds and 4,813 pounds respectively, other surveys have cost considerably more

HE White Paper confirms tuition fees blunder

Commenting on the publication of the government’s White Paper on Further and Higher Education – which claims control of HE to the government budget will be achieved through ‘arrangements to cap the number of publicly funded student places in Wales’ -  Shadow Minister for Education Angela Burns AM, said: “Student number controls imply that the Minister has finally woken up to his tuition fees blunder and is now desperately treading water."

12 and 24 hour A and E waits revealed

More than ten thousand people spent over 12 hours in accident and emergency departments last year, and over 800 spent more than 24 hours there. The figures have been released to the Welsh Conservatives via the Freedom of Information Act. The Welsh Government does not make these statistics publicly available and the group has today called for this to be changed.

Save Withybush. Stop hospital downgrades.

Welsh Conservatives will tomorrow (Wednesday) lead an Assembly debate on Welsh government proposals to downgrade Withybush Hospital in Pembrokeshire. The debate comes as protestors prepare to make their way to the Senedd to demonstrate against the plans.

Urgent dialogue required with Tata

Commenting on Tata’s announcement regarding a potential delay to the relighting of Blast Furnace Four, Shadow Minister for Business Nick Ramsay AM, said: “Significant investment in Blast Furnace Four formed part of the First Minister’s announcement on Tata in April – delivered with great gusto during the local election campaign...