November 2012

30 November 2012

Local AM Encourages Residents to take up Flu Jab

Preseli Pembrokeshire Assembly Member Paul Davies is encouraging the people of Pembrokeshire to come forward and receive the flu jab, to protect themselves against the winter flu. Sadly, just 51.8 per cent of over 65s in Wales have been vaccinated against a Welsh Government target of 75 per cent. Similarly, 34.9 per cent of those under 65 and in an at-risk group have been vaccinated in Wales against a government target of 75 per cent.

Mr Davies said "These figures are worryingly low and suggest the potential for more winter pressure on our NHS in Wales. I would like to therefore encourage the people of Pembrokeshire to get immunised as soon as possible. The effect of flu can be very serious for at-risk groups, such as older people and those with respiratory conditions, and so it is essential that people contact their GP about a flu vaccination as part of their normal preparations for winter."

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27 November 2012

NHS-Slashing Budget Confirmed

Responding to the Welsh Government's statement on its Final Budget supported by Plaid Cymru, Paul Davies AM, Shadow Minister for Finance, said:

"This is confirmation of Labour's cheap deal with the nationalists – the same team which failed to deliver improvements in the Welsh economy or public services during their four years in coalition.

"This NHS-slashing budget will only put further pressure on already stretched NHS services as they are forced to cope with cuts of half a billion pounds.

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Call For an End to Lazy Labour Waste

Welsh Conservatives will tomorrow call for robust new measures to end the Welsh Labour Government's appalling record of managing grants, which has led to the waste of hundreds of millions of pounds.

In a debate on the floor of the National Assembly, Welsh Conservatives will hit out at a 'damning' failure to effectively manage grants, highlighted in 20 separate reports.

Almost exactly 12 months ago, a report into grants management by the Wales Audit Office concluded that 'many grant schemes are poorly managed, lessons are rarely learned and funders frequently fail to tackle recipients' poor performance.'

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22 November 2012

Local Health Board Sale is Finally Complete

Commenting on the Cardigan Hospital Project Board announcement that their land purchase for the integrated health and social care facility is complete, Preseli Pembrokeshire Assembly Member, Paul Davies said:-

"I am pleased that the purchase of the Bath House site is now finally complete, as it has been in the pipeline for some time. These new facilities will be extremely beneficial to people living in the north of my constituency. It is now important that work on this development begins immediately to ensure that people in North Pembrokeshire can have access to these vital services as soon as possible."

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19 November 2012

Statement on Publication of Silk Report

Commenting on the publication of the Silk Commission's first report on fiscal accountability, Paul Davies AM, Shadow Minister for Finance, said:

"We welcome the publication of the Silk Commission's first report and pay tribute to the efforts of Paul Silk and his team in developing recommendations to reflect the needs of Wales.

"We believe that the Welsh Government should bear responsibility for raising a proportion of the money it spends to make it fully accountable to the people of Wales.

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Statement ahead of Silk report

Speaking ahead of the publication of the Silk Commission's first report on financial accountability, Paul Davies AM, Shadow Minister for Finance, said:

"We recognise the mammoth undertaking of Paul Silk and his team in taking on board reams of evidence and travelling around Wales listening to the views of the Welsh public.

"We look forward to the Silk Commission's recommendations to make the Welsh Government more accountable for the money it spends.

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16 November 2012

Paul Davies Congratulates Chris Salmon on his new job as Dyfed Powys Police and Crime Commissioner

Commenting on the appointment of Chris Salmon as the first Dyfed Powys Police and Crime Commissioner, Paul Davies said:-

"I congratulate Chris on his new role. He has fought an excellent campaign and his election to the post of Dyfed Powys' first Police and Crime Commissioner is very well deserved.

I am sure that he will do a fantastic job of protecting and serving our communities and I look forward to working with him in his new post."

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AM Impressed with Age Concern Pembrokeshire Art Gallery

Karen Butler (Age Concern Pembrokeshire Contact Centre Manager), Paul Davies AM, Nancy Jackson, Sally Pendleton, Jaki Rundle (all volunteers)Local Assembly Member Paul Davies recently visited the new Age Concern Pembrokeshire 'A Work of Art' Gallery and Centre situated at 25 Bridge Street, Haverfordwest. The charity shop with a difference exhibits and sells works of art by older Pembrokeshire artists. In addition visitors can enjoy a cup of coffee in a comfortable and informal setting.

Commenting on his visit, Mr Davies said "I was very impressed to see the new art gallery and centre. It is a fantastic new venture in a great location in the centre of Haverfordwest. The art on display when I visited was very impressive, and it is great that local artists have the opportunity to sell their work in a very professional looking venue, whilst at the same time financially helping the vital work of local independent charity Age Concern Pembrokeshire."

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Paul Davies Raises Concerns over Transparency with Hywel Dda Health Board

Following on from media claims that the National Clinical Forum's response to Hywel Dda health board's proposals to reconfigure services in west Wales may be rewritten to support their controversial changes, Preseli Pembrokeshire Assembly Member Paul Davies is investigating the matter seriously and writing to local health board representatives asking them to fully explain the situation. Material passed to the Welsh Conservatives show 'private emails' between the forum chair and the Betsi Cadwaladr health board's chief executive, detailing that the Hywel Dda response will also be subject to the same treatment.

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07 November 2012

Budget Concern Should Ring Alarm Bells

Responding to the Assembly Finance Committee's concerns over the affordability of the Welsh Government's budget, Paul Davies AM, Shadow Finance Minister, said:

"This damning statement should ring alarm bells with Welsh Labour Ministers.

"Welsh Conservatives have argued against Labour's proposed real terms cuts of half a billion pounds to the Welsh NHS and warned of the impact to frontline services.

"Labour Ministers should now take the responsible step to revise their budget plans to adequately fund the Welsh NHS to prevent threatened downgrades and cuts to vital services."

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