2013

31 January 2013

Pembrokeshire Politicians Petition CHC

Pembrokeshire Assembly Members Paul Davies and Angela Burns have written to Hywel Dda Community Health Council, urging them to oppose the local health board's reconfiguration plans. They have called on the Community Health Council to refer the matter to the Health Minister, Lesley Griffiths AM, following the overwhelming opposition to the health board's plans from the people of Pembrokeshire.

Preseli Pembrokeshire AM Mr Davies said, "The people of Pembrokeshire have spoken loud and clear in relation to Hywel Dda health board's reconfiguration proposals. Sadly, the health board has decided to ignore their views and continue to press ahead with a series of controversial plans, which includes closing the special care baby unit at Withybush hospital and the Minor Injuries Units at Tenby and Pembroke Dock. Angela and I are calling on the Community Health Council to join us in standing up for the people of Pembrokeshire, by referring this matter to the Health Minister."

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AM Voices Concern Over Hywel Dda Implementation Board

Preseli Pembrokeshire AM Paul Davies has expressed his concern over Hywel Dda health board's decision to create an implementation board to carry out their controversial reorganisation plans, despite the fact that the reorganisation process itself has not yet come to an end. Mr Davies raised this issue on the floor of the Assembly, calling for an urgent statement on the matter, and then proceeded to write to the Health Minister for her comments on this issue.

Mr Davies said, "I believe that it is extremely premature of the local health board to establish an implementation board, whilst the process has not finished. At this stage, the local community health council is still considering the health board's plans. In the event that the CHC opposes the health board's proposals, then the matter will be referred to the Minister for Health for a final decision. Given these circumstances, the local health board should not be establishing any kind of implementation board until this process has been brought to a conclusion. I have now written to the Health Minister, Lesley Griffiths AM, seeking clarification on this issue and I look forward to her response in due course."

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30 January 2013

Assembly to Debate ‘Invest Wales’

Welsh Conservatives will today lead a debate on the floor of the Assembly on their proposals to help small businesses access finance.

Last week, Welsh Conservatives published 'Invest Wales', a document aimed at transforming the fortunes of small and medium-sized enterprises by tackling one of the biggest obstacles to growth – access to finance.

The proposals would see publicly funded loans made available to small businesses through a partnership with private financial institutions.

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24 January 2013

Local AM Attends U3A Wales Exhibition

Preseli Pembrokeshire AM Paul Davies has recently attended an exhibition for the University of the Third Age at the Senedd. The event showcased the University of the Third Age branches across Wales , which are self-funded and self-managed organisations that provide a full range of activities for older people that are no longer in full time employment.

Mr Davies said, "I was delighted to attend the University of the Third Age event to hear more about these fantastic organisations. Sadly, we often hear of older people feeling incredibly isolated in their own homes and groups like this are a great away for people to interact in their local community and learn something new."

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21 January 2013

Local AM Sponsors FUW Breakfast

Local Assembly Member Paul Davies is pictured at the FUW National Breakfast at the Senedd.Preseli Pembrokeshire AM Paul Davies has recently hosted the launch of Farmhouse Breakfast Week 2013 in Wales at the Senedd. The event celebrates and promotes Welsh farm produce by providing a healthy, traditional farmhouse breakfast of Welsh produce in the Senedd. The event also highlights the importance of the Welsh farming and food industries to the Welsh economy.

"I was delighted to host the FUW farmhouse breakfast once again," said Mr Davies.

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Welsh Conservatives launch ‘Invest Wales’

Welsh Conservatives today launched ambitious proposals to help small businesses access finance.

The current economic climate and worsening credit conditions have made it increasingly difficult for many small and medium-sized businesses to access the funding they need.

Successful loan applications fell by 24% in the UK between 2007 and 2010, while the FSB has reported that Wales has the lowest business confidence of any region of the UK, with the exception of Northern Ireland.

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15 January 2013

NHS Proposals ‘Steamrollered Through’

Welsh Conservatives have condemned a decision to push ahead with major NHS reform in mid and west Wales.

In a Hywel Dda health board meeting today proposals to downgrade services, cut bed numbers, close minor injury units and make significant changes to paediatrics were rubber-stamped.

The decisions follow significant opposition to the plans in a statutory consultation and previous assurances from the Health Minister that no hospital would be downgraded: "None will be downgraded ... I don't want to hear anything about downgrading".

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Paul Davies Condemns LHB Plans

Preseli Pembrokeshire Assembly Member Paul Davies has expressed his anger at Hywel Dda local health board's plans to press ahead with plans to downgrade facilities in Pembrokeshire, following a consultation whereby the people of Pembrokeshire resoundingly spoke out against their reconfiguration proposals.

Commenting on this, Mr Davies said, "I'm extremely angry that the local health board have not listened to the people of Pembrokeshire. Concerns have been voiced on a number of issues, most notably, the potential removal of the Special Care Baby Unit at Withybush hospital, where clinicians have told us how closing this unit could have a harmful effect on the families of unborn babies across Pembrokeshire. The decision to press ahead and establish a level two neonatal unit in Carmarthen is unacceptable – put simply, this will put lives and risk. Also, closing minor injury units in the South of the county and transferring complex orthopaedic services to Llanelli are a sure indication of the downgrading of health facilities in Pembrokeshire."

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14 January 2013

‘D-Day’ for West Wales Healthcare

Welsh Conservatives have reaffirmed their opposition to hospital downgrades, cuts in the number of hospital beds and community service closures, ahead of Hywel Dda local health board's decisions on reconfiguration.

Confirmation of proposals to change the way services are delivered in west Wales are expected tomorrow. North Wales is due to follow later this week.

Welsh Conservatives have previously branded Hywel Dda's plans 'completely unacceptable'.

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11 January 2013

Local AM Hosts Nominet Drop In Session

Preseli Pembrokeshire AM Paul Davies has hosted an event in the National Assembly to draw attention to the opportunities presented by the creation of .cymru and .wales domains on the internet. The event invited Assembly Members to find out more about a new consultation launched by Nominet, the not-for-profit organisation best known for running the .uk infrastructure.

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