2013

07 November 2013

Paul Davies Supports Tidy Wales Awards

Keep Wales Tidy and Local AM Paul Davies are once again calling on volunteer groups, schools and organisations across Wales to put their names forward for the Tidy Wales Awards. Could this be the year you are a category winner and get your hands on a £250 cash prize?

The Tidy Wales Awards recognises groups throughout Wales who work tirelessly to improve their local environment. These unsung green heroes have inspirational stories to tell of how their volunteering has improved not only their local environment through reducing litter and protecting wildlife habitats but have also created links in communities, bringing people together and in some instances reducing the impact of poverty.

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Orthodontic Action to be taken by Hywel Dda Health Board

Hywel Dda local health board is establishing an Orthodontic Assessment Service to target waiting times in west Wales, according to a letter received by Paul Davies from the Welsh Health Minister. This action is a direct result from Mr Davies raising this issue once again in the Assembly Chamber.

Paul Davies said, "I'm pleased that Hywel Dda health board is finally establishing a service to target waiting times for orthodontic treatment. Orthodontic care in Pembrokeshire has been in crisis for some time and this news is a step in the right direction. I have continually raised this issue at the Assembly with Ministers since my election in 2007 and it's good to see that something is finally being done. The current wait for primary care orthodontic assessment is three years and that is simply unacceptable. Constituents have been making representations to me for a number of years now and I'm sure that this news will be welcomed. I look forward to hearing more about the new Orthodontic Assessment Service and I will be monitoring this issue to ensure that it tackles the current waiting time for treatment."

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Fishguard Autumn Festival Success Raised at the Assembly

Paul Davies AM with members of Fishguard and District Round Table as well as exhibitors at the Taste of Autumn, Growing Spaces Exhibition at St Mary’s Church, FishguardThe success of the Fishguard Autumn festival was raised in the National Assembly Chamber recently, thanks to local Assembly Member Paul Davies. Mr Davies questioned the Business Minister on how the Welsh Government markets local festivals to ensure their economic impact is maximised. This question follows Mr Davies' visit to Fishguard Autumn festival, held between October 30th – November 3rd.

Mr Davies said, "I was pleased to raise the important issue of supporting local festivals. Festivals like the Fishguard Autumn festival are hugely beneficial to the local economy, as well as an excuse to showcase some of the wonderful produce that Pembrokeshire has to offer. It's therefore essential that the Welsh Government gives these festivals the support that they deserve, so that they can continue to flourish in the future."

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Paul Davies Supports Carbon Monoxide Week!

Local Assembly Member Paul Davies is supporting the 8th National Carbon Monoxide Awareness week starting on Monday 18th November 2013. CO Awareness was set up seven years ago to provide support to those poisoned by carbon monoxide and raise awareness about the dangers.

Mr Davies said, "I'm pleased to support this important campaign. I would like to urge the people of Pembrokeshire to consider checking and making sure that their appliances have been properly serviced and that they have a working carbon monoxide smoke alarm on their premises. People can buy an alarm from around £15 at DIY stores, supermarkets, or even from energy suppliers. It's a small price to pay to avoid such tragic circumstances."

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21 October 2013

Hywel Dda ‘winter plans’ condemned

Commenting on Hywel Dda Health Board's 'winter pressures plan' – which reportedly includes the potential for the cancellation of all non-urgent orthopaedic surgery at four general hospitals in mid and west Wales this winter - Shadow Minister for Health Darren Millar AM said:

"This decision has been forced upon the health board by Labour's inability to recruit permanent staff and properly invest in the health service.

"Carwyn Jones's legacy of health budget cuts continues to heap untold pressures on frontline staff and – yet again – it is patients who will suffer.

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18 October 2013

Paul Davies joins the fight against Breast Cancer

Paul is pictured taking part in Breast Cancer Campaign’s award winning fundraiser, wear it pink day.Paul Davies, AM for Preseli Pembrokeshire is backing the fight against breast cancer by taking part in Breast Cancer Campaign's award winning fundraiser, wear it pink day – and he wants the people of Pembrokeshire to join him!

Over the last 10 years wear it pink has raised a staggering £23 million and on Friday 25 October 2013 people will come together in schools, colleges and businesses across Wales to raise vital funds for Breast Cancer Campaign's lifesaving research.

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Local AM Leads Debate on Autism in Pembrokeshire

Autism and the need for a timely diagnosis was the topic of a short debate at the National Assembly recently thanks to local Assembly Member Paul Davies. Mr Davies was selected for a short debate and decided to focus the debate around the delays in diagnosing autism in children, given that some children in Pembrokeshire wait up to seven years for a diagnosis.

Paul Davies said, "I was delighted to use my short debate to highlight that a timely diagnosis is absolutely essential for people with autism. This follows on from the work of the National Autistic Society's Pembrokeshire branch which launched a petition on this issue at the Assembly earlier this year. Sadly for some children in Pembrokeshire, they can start their education at four and be approaching eleven years of age and beginning secondary school before receiving an appropriate diagnosis – and that is unacceptable."

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17 October 2013

Local AM backs the Money for Life Challenge

Paul Davies, AM for Preseli Pembrokeshire is encouraging education and training organisations to back the Lloyds Banking Group's Money for Life Challenge, a national competition for 16–24 year olds in further education, work-based learning, adult community learning or training organisations. The Money for Life Challenge is away for teams to learn vital money management skills, whilst also helping to provide financial education to their communities.

The Challenge is supported by Lloyds Banking Group and seeks to find the most successful and innovative projects that young people can use to improve their money management skills, and those of their friends, families and communities.

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16 October 2013

Local AM Encourages Schools to Take Part in Anti-litter Competition

Preseli Pembrokeshire Assembly Member Paul Davies is calling on all schools in Pembrokeshire to take part in an anti-litter competition , by creating a radio advert encouraging the local area to responsibly dispose of gum litter. Radio Pembrokeshire has teamed up with The Wrigley Company Limited and Keep Wales Tidy to offer this exciting opportunity, which will see two groups spend time with the Radio Pembrokeshire team and make their own radio advert.

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10 October 2013

Local AM Welcomes Minister’s Response to the A40 in Pembrokeshire

Paul is pictured next to the A40.Dualling the A40 in Pembrokeshire was back on the political agenda at the National Assembly recently thanks to local Assembly Member Paul Davies. Mr Davies questioned the Minister for Economy, Science and Transport, Edwina Hart AM to seriously consider the case for dualling the A40. The Minister indicated in her response that she was interested in the prospect of dualling the A40 in Pembrokeshire.

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09 October 2013

Only Welsh Conservatives will protect NHS budget

Commenting on the announcement that Plaid Cymru and the Welsh Liberal Democrats have struck a deal with Labour over the Welsh Government's budget plans, Paul Davies AM, Shadow Minister for Finance, said:

"Once again, Plaid Cymru and the Liberal Democrats are propping up a tired and lazy Labour government.

"It is sad to see Plaid Cymru and the Lib Dems throwing in the towel at this early stage and endorsing Labour's record-breaking cuts to the Welsh NHS, which has already seen its budget slashed by 8.6% by Labour Ministers since 2010.

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08 October 2013

Carwyn Jones must reverse Labour’s NHS cuts

Speaking ahead of the publication of the Welsh Government's Draft Budget, Paul Davies AM, Shadow Minister for Finance, said:

"Under Labour, the Welsh NHS is facing the deepest cuts of any UK health service, with cuts, according to the Institute for Fiscal Studies, of 8.6% since 2010.

"Labour in Wales has cut the Welsh NHS by over £800million in real terms over five years and frontline services and waiting lists are getting worse as a result.

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02 October 2013

Paul Davies Supports World’s Biggest Coffee Morning

L-R: Elaine Lunt, Paul Davies AM, Nicola Wilcox, Jacquie WilkinsonLocal Assembly Member, Paul Davies has taken part in this year's Macmillan's World's Biggest Coffee Morning by attending a local coffee morning at Uzmaston Community Hall. In 2012, 115,000 people signed up, raising a record £15 million and it is hoped that this year, the charity can raise even more money to help support people with cancer.

The AM for Preseli Pembrokeshire said: "In Wales more than 18,000 people are diagnosed with cancer each year. I know that a considerable number of constituents have personal experience of cancer, and I know that Macmillan has been there to support many of those in need."

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25 September 2013

Paul Davies Meets Talking Books Wales

Local AM Paul Davies is pictured with representatives of Talking Books Wales.Preseli Pembrokeshire Assembly Member Paul Davies has met with Sulwyn Thomas, the Chairman of Talking Books Wales at Siop Sian, a local business in Crymych. Talking Books Wales have been running since 1979 and they provide audio books to the blind, partially sighted and those having difficulties reading print. According to Disability Wales, sadly only 7 per cent of all printed material is available in accessible formats such as large print, audio, and braille; and only 3 per cent in the Welsh language.

Mr Davies said, "I was delighted to meet with Sulwyn Thomas and the team to hear more about Talking Books Wales. They provide an invaluable service to the visually impaired and I would encourage the people of Pembrokeshire, should they have a loved one with eyesight problems to visit their website and find out more about their products. Audiobooks are an important educational tool for people of all ages with eyesight difficulties, helping to culturally enrich their lives. For more information and to see Talking Books Wales products, please visit: http://www.llyfraullafarcymru.org.uk/en/"

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24 September 2013

Hywel Dda NHS Reform: More Downgrading and Continuing Worry

Welsh Conservatives have condemned the Labour Health Minister's decision to downgrade A and E services in Llanelli and leave an axe hanging over a special care baby unit at Withybush Hospital.

Announcing the conclusions of an independent report on NHS reorganisation in the region, Labour's Minister announced implementation of emergency department downgrading would go ahead at Prince Philip Hospital and further work would be undertaken by the panel in relation to neonatal services at Withybush and Glangwili Hospitals.

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