August 2012

31 August 2012

Paul Supports SCBU Campaign Outside Withybush Hospital

Paul Davies AM is pictured with protestors from the Save Withybush Action Team outside Withybush Hospital.Local Assembly Member Paul Davies has continued his support of the campaign against the planned closure of the special care baby unit at Withybush, by attending the latest demonstration outside the hospital. Organised by the Save Withybush Action Team (SWAT), more than 100 people gathered outside Withybush hospital to protest for the unit to be saved.

Mr Davies said, "This campaign underlines the importance of the special care baby unit at Withybush hospital and it is vital that this unit is not closed or relocated. We have already heard from clinicians how closing this unit would have a detrimental effect on families of unborn babies across Pembrokeshire and it is important that we continue to campaign against the closure of these lifesaving services."

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22 August 2012

Local AM Holds a Meet and Greet Advice Surgery at Local Tesco

Local Assembly Member Paul Davies has held a 'meet and greet' surgery at the Tesco store in Haverfordwest. The event compliments Paul's agenda to further engage with the people of Preseli Pembrokeshire. The surgery was well received and gave the local community a chance to speak to their local Assembly Member about any concerns.

Mr Davies said, "I was delighted to hold an advice surgery at the Tesco store in Haverfordwest, and I would like to kindly thank Tesco for their cooperation. I hope that by holding a surgery in a local supermarket, I have given further opportunities for constituents to see me. I will be looking to continue to do this in supermarkets across Preseli Pembrokeshire in the coming months. At present, I hold advice surgeries up and down the constituency on a regular basis, as well as monthly door-step surgeries. I also circulate a monthly e-mail newsletter, which I would encourage constituents to subscribe to, so I can keep them up to date."

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Local AM Encourages Groups to Apply for Sports Cash

Local Assembly Member Paul Davies is encouraging groups across Pembrokeshire to take advantage of funding for sports. Sports Wales are currently offering grants of up to £25,000 to fund new activities, equipment and sports training. Applications are welcome from youth clubs, voluntary organisations and community groups.

Mr Davies said, "I'd like to encourage as many groups as possible from across Pembrokeshire to make an application to Sport Wales. These grants can provide some much needed funding for new sporting equipment or to upgrade existing facilities."

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21 August 2012

Local AM Seriously Concerned by increasing Negligence Costs of Local Health Board

Local Assembly Member Paul Davies is raising concerns over the rise in the number of negligent claims made against Hywel Dda local health board. According to figures from the BBC, in 2009/2010 Hywel Dda local health board settled 41 claims at a cost of £1, 645,000. That figure continued to increase to 56 cases at a cost of £4, 682,746 in 2011/2012.

Mr Davies said, "These figures do make for disappointing reading. Whilst I do believe that where clinical negligence is identified, patients should be fairly compensated, it is also essential that the health board takes measures to ensure that it doesn't happen again.

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20 August 2012

Pembrokeshire’s Politicians Join Forces To Fight Planned Closure Of SCBU

Local MPs Stephen Crabb and Simon Hart are pictured at the Pembrokeshire County Show with AM Paul Davies signing a petition they launched at the show calling for the Special Care Baby Unit to be kept at Withybush. Also pictured are County Councillor David Howlett, Georgina Bryan and James Thickett.Pembrokeshire's politicians have joined forces to fight the planned closure of Withybush's Special Care Baby Unit.

Local MPs Stephen Crabb and Simon Hart and AM Paul Davies launched an urgent petition and collected signatures during the three days of the Pembrokeshire County Show.

The local health board intends to develop a level two neo-natal unit in Carmarthen and close the current unit in Haverfordwest. Five hundred signatures against the move were collected and will now be fed into the consultation on the proposed changes.

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17 August 2012

£1.25million On Taxpayer-Funded Pilgrims Slammed

Figures uncovered by the Welsh Conservatives reveal that the Welsh Labour Government has spent more than £1.25million employing staff to work on trade union activities in the last two years.

The revelations, revealed by South East Wales Assembly Member Mohammad Asghar, show how 91 Welsh Government employees undertake full or part-time trade union duties at the taxpayer's expense.

Last month, Francis Maude MP launched the UK Government's consultation on trade union time and facilities in the civil service.

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07 August 2012

Hywel Dda Reconfiguration Plans ‘Unacceptable’

Welsh Conservatives have branded plans for significant changes to the NHS in mid and west Wales 'unacceptable'.

Downgrading at Prince Philip Hospital in Llanelli and the closure of community hospitals elsewhere are strongly opposed by Welsh Conservative Assembly Members.

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