January 2008

01 February 2008

Shocking Figures Reveal True Depth of Dental Health Crisis In Pembrokeshire

PEMBROKESHIRE'S dental crisis is deepening – despite two new NHS practices opening two months ago, says Paul Davies AM.

There were 14,000 people waiting for an NHS dentist last October. A month later two new practices with a total of six dentists opened in Milford Haven and Haverfordwest.

But the Local Health Board has now confirmed that there are still 14,000 people on the waiting list.

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Paul Davies AM Condemns Assembly Failure to Support Police Pay Rise

Paul Davies AM has condemned Labour and Plaid Cymru's failure to support a pay rise for Dyfed-Powys police.

The two parties refused to support a Welsh Conservative motion calling on the UK Government to honour the recent police pay award recommendation.

"In its failure to lobby the Westminster Government, Labour and Plaid Cymru are simply shirking their responsibility as regards Wales's police forces," said Preseli Pembrokeshire AM Mr Davies.

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30 January 2008

Government Backs Welsh Conservative Thinking on Honours

COMMENTING on a proposal by the Welsh Assembly Government for a new Welsh honours system, Shadow Culture Minister and Preseli Pembrokeshire AM Paul Davies said:

"I am delighted that yet again the Assembly Government is coming around to our way of thinking.

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25 January 2008

Campaign Launched To Uncover Depth of Pembrokeshire's Dental Crisis

Preseli Pembrokeshire AM Paul Davies has launched a campaign to discover the depth of the dental crisis in our county.

"We have one of the lowest ratios of dentists per head of population in Wales and the service is beyond breaking point," he said. "I would like to hear from anyone having problems getting access to an NHS dentist or orthodontist."

Mr Davies led a debate on the issue in the Senedd last week and highlighted the fact that Pembrokeshire's local health board failed to spend £174,000 allocated to dentistry last year and had to return the money to central funds.

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24 January 2008

Shadow Secretary of State on Welsh Visit

Paul-JeremyHuntMPPreseli Pembrokeshire AM Paul Davies and Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport Jeremy Hunt MP recently visited St Fagan's museum near Cardiff.

The visit was part of a Welsh fact-finding tour by the Surrey MP.

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Pembrokeshire Deserves Better Train Service

Pembrokeshire deserves a better rail service, says local AM Paul Davies.

First Great Western, which operates the main line trains from London to West Wales, has just come last in a passenger satisfaction league table.

The independent rail consumer watchdog Passenger Focus sampled 50,000 people in its National Passenger Survey.

Only 74% of First Great Western's passengers were satisfied with their journeys compared to a national average of 81%.

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18 January 2008

Pembrokeshire Health Mergers "Topsy Turvy"

The reorganisation of Pembrokeshire's health care system is topsy-turvy, says local AM Paul Davies.

The Welsh Assembly Government has announced that the three health care trusts which cover the old Dyfed area are to be merged to save on administration costs.

Now the health minister Edwina Hart has revealed that she's also likely to create a "federation" of Local Health Boards.

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Inspection Pressure on Farmers "Unbearable"

The unbearable pressure put on farmers by numerous inspections has been highlighted in the Welsh Assembly by Paul Davies AM.

Speaking in a Conservative-led debate calling for a reduction in the amount of red tape in the farming industry he said: "Without doubt there is an excessive duplication of work by inspection bodies due to their inability to share information.

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14 January 2008

Top Green Community Projects Receive Award From AM

Paul-TopGreenPaul Davies AM for Preseli Pembrokeshire has presented Friends of Mynachlog Ddu Playingfields with a prestigious 'Green Pennant' Award for an unprecedented third year running.

Only 77 community green spaces have been rewarded with a Green Pennant in the UK, an award exclusively for those sites managed by voluntary and community groups. 17 Green Pennant Awards have been given to sites in Wales, which is an increase of 42% on last year.

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11 January 2008

Investment Key to Eradicating Broadband 'Not Spots'

Paul-TFLWelsh Conservatives today called on the Labour-Plaid Assembly Government to commit increased funding to eradicate Wales' broadband 'not spots'.

Shadow Culture Minister and Preseli Pembrokeshire AM Paul Davies commented:

"There are still a great number of people in Pembrokeshire who are unable to access broadband services.

"The installation of facilities to accommodate broadband services in 'not spots' such as remote rural areas can be very costly."

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Paul Davies AM Appointed as Pembrokshire Advocacy President

Paul-AdvocacyPreseli Pembrokeshire AM Paul Davies has this week been appointed as Pembrokeshire Advocacy's new President.

Speaking about his appointment Mr Davies commented:

"I am delighted to be Pembrokeshire Advocacy's new President.

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