April 2010

30 April 2010

Local AM Voices Concerns over funding for Learners with Additional Needs

This week, local Assembly Member Paul Davies continued to lobby the Minister for Children, Education and Lifelong Learning with questions over funding for learners with additional needs and special education needs providers.

Paul Davies said, "I am pleased to bring these issues back to the forefront of the Minister's attention. I have received representations regarding this issue and I am pleased to raise their voices in the Assembly Chamber.

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Science Skills Can Encourage Economic Development

Responding to the Deputy Minister for Science, Innovation and Skills' announcement of the establishment of a National Science Academy, Shadow Minister for Education Paul Davies AM said:

"The Welsh Conservatives welcome the Deputy Minister's announcement that Wales will have a National Science Academy.

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23 April 2010

Local AM Voices Concerns over Dental Services in North Pembrokeshire

This week, local Assembly Member Paul Davies continued to lobby the Minister for Health and Social Services with questions over the lack of dental facilities in the North of Preseli Pembrokeshire.

Paul Davies said, "I am pleased to bring these issues to the forefront of the Minister's attention. It continues to be a concern for many people that some residents are still unable to access vital NHS dentistry services and it is an issue I will continue to raise.

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22 April 2010

AM Raises Concerns over recent CHC Merger

Local AM Paul Davies this week raised concerns over the recent Community Health Council merger in the Chamber with the Minister for Health and Social Services, Edwina Hart.

Paul Davies said, "I raised the issue of the merger of Pembrokeshire, Ceredigion and Carmarthenshire CHCs to form Hywel Dda CHC, with the aim of getting assurances that the local voice of patients in Pembrokeshire will not be lost as part of this process.

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19 April 2010

AM Raises Concerns Over Dental Facilities

The closure of a dental practice in Newcastle Emlyn has meant that approximately 400 patients in Pembrokeshire will be without dental facilities until new service arrangements are implemented by the Local Health Board.

The closure of this practice adds to scarcity of dental practices in the northern areas of Pembrokeshire.

Commenting on the effects of the closure of Mr Hathaway's dental practice in Newcastle Emlyn, AM Paul Davies said:

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15 April 2010

Residents suffer after Digital TV Switchover

Residents in some areas of Preseli Pembrokeshire are continuing to suffer from a loss of channels since the digital TV switchover last year.

Before the digital switchover, rural residents had access to a range of television channels. However, since the switchover took place last August, the number of channels has decreased to sixteen. This means some residents have lost popular channels such as Film 4 and ITV3.

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14 April 2010

Concerns Raised over Community Health Councils

Following the merger of Pembrokeshire, Carmarthenshire and Ceredigion CHCs into a new super CHC on the 1st April 2010, a number of concerns have been spotlighted.

These concerns range from the speed of the implementation process, the geography of the local areas and the provision of adequate funding to enable its development.

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