October 2014

28 October 2014

“Unnecessary journeys to access care should be eliminated” according to new independent report

Paul Davies AM outside Withybush HospitalFindings from an independent study of healthcare in mid Wales say that health boards can do more to reduce the impact of travel on patients in mid Wales. The report, published by the Welsh Institute for Health and Social Care (WIHSC) also noted that unnecessary journeys to access care should be eliminated.

Local Assembly Member Paul Davies said, "Professor Marcus Longley's Mid Wales Health Review certainly makes for interesting reading when you read the comments made regarding the impact of travel. Given that Hywel Dda health board represents both mid and west Wales, they should accept this recommendation when planning health services across Pembrokeshire and Carmarthen as well as in mid Wales."


21 October 2014

A40 Plans Under Consideration

Paul is pictured by the A40Plans to dual the A40 in Pembrokeshire have finally been agreed in principle by the First Minister, following calls from local Assembly Member Paul Davies. At a scrutiny session in Whitland, Mr Davies asked the First Minister to share his ambition to turn the A40 in Pembrokeshire into a dual carriageway, and the First Minister agreed and said that the financial position needed to be further looked at to see whether it is possible.


Paul Davies Wears it Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

thumb 20-10-2014Local Assembly Member Paul Davies is supporting the Wear It Pink campaign to raise awareness of breast cancer and support further research. October is breast cancer awareness month, and you can get involved by wearing pink and showing your support for the breast cancer campaign.

Mr Davies said, "I'm delighted to once again add my support to the breast cancer campaign, by wearing pink and raising awareness of this cruel disease. Breast cancer is the most common cancer in the UK and accounts for nearly one in three of all cancers in women and so it's more important than ever that we support breast cancer research and help save lives."


20 October 2014

Households in Pembrokeshire could save £75 a year if they take control of their heating

New figures from the Energy Saving Trust reveal that households in Pembrokeshire could save £1,090,000 by taking control of their heating and turning down the thermostat in overheated homes. Households could save £75 a year individually and this could also save 5000 tCO2 per year across the area.

Big Energy Saving Week – a joint campaign between Energy Saving Trust, Department of Energy and Climate Change and Citizens Advice – also reveals 74 per cent of people are still worried about their energy bills. The campaign helps householders learn how to take control of their energy bills with free advice available during the week over the phone, online and at events across the UK. The campaign is launching a heating myth-buster and urges customers to switch supplier.


Withybush cuts will put lives at risk

Speaking as 24 hour paediatric care is withdrawn from Withybush Hospital, Paul Davies, Assembly Member for Preseli Pembrokeshire, said:

"This is a dangerous decision, driven by bureaucrats' budget cuts, which will force sick babies and their families to travel further for 24 hour care.

"Pembrokeshire has recently lost its special care baby unit and is now losing overnight paediatric care, which many families fear is just the thin end of the wedge.

"Local communities have fought Labour's hospital centralisation plans every step of the way and I will continue to stand up for NHS services, in Pembrokeshire, for the people of Pembrokeshire."

Welsh Conservative Shadow Minister for Health, Darren Millar AM, said:

"Welsh Labour's record-breaking NHS cuts are biting hard and forcing local health bosses into terrible decisions based on bureaucrats' sums, not clinical priorities.

"If sick babies and their families are forced to travel further for treatment, their wellbeing could undoubtedly be compromised.

"Labour received money to protect the Welsh health budget but has chosen to put Pembrokeshire families at risk by downgrading and centralising services."


14 October 2014

Paul Davies Launches Christmas Card Competition

Local Assembly Member Paul Davies has launched a Christmas card competition amongst primary schools across Pembrokeshire. All primary schools are invited to take part in the competition and the winning image will appear on Mr Davies' Christmas card. The winner will also win a kindle and their class will receive an art lesson at their school from the judge and local artist, Cynthia Weyman.

Mr Davies said, "I hope that as many children as possible take part in this competition and I'm sure that there will be plenty of excellent entries. This is a great opportunity for me to showcase local art and for children across Pembrokeshire to have the chance to win an art lesson for their class. Cynthia Weyman is a well-respected artist, who has kindly offered to provide a class to the winning entrant, which I'm sure will be very valuable to the children."


07 October 2014

Paul Davies Calls for Better Awareness of Slapped Cheek Syndrome

Local AM Paul Davies is campaigning for better awareness of Parvovirus B19, or Slapped Cheek Syndrome as it's commonly referred to, amongst expectant mothers across Wales. A small amount of information on Slapped Cheek Syndrome is available to pregnant women in the "Bump, Baby and Beyond" pregnancy book, but given that Slapped Cheek Syndrome affects 1 in 400 pregnancies, Mr Davies is calling on more information to be made publically available.


06 October 2014

Paul Davies Hears More about Effects of Asbestos Exposure

Local members of A.A.S.C., Paul Davies AM and Jo Barnes-Mannings, Officer of A.A.S.CLocal Assembly Member Paul Davies has recently visited the Pembrokeshire branch of Asbestos Awareness and Support Cymru, where he heard first-hand about the advice and support offered to families affected by asbestos-related illnesses. Support group meetings are held once a month, where people can meet with others on an informal basis and share friendships and experiences about living with asbestos exposure.


Paul Davies Warns of Keeping Your Electric Blankets Safe

L-R Randal Evans (Crew Manager), Jeremy Trew (Watch Manager), Paul Davies AM, Amanda Nash (Pembrokeshire County Council), Karen Butler (Deputy Chief Officer, Age Cymru Pembrokeshire), Helen Wilson (Pembrokeshire County Council)Local Assembly Member Paul Davies has visited a local Age Cymru branch to hear more about electric blankets and to raise awareness of the importance of them in homes across Pembrokeshire. Sadly, damaged electric blankets cause more than 5,000 house fires a year in the United Kingdom, and by taking some small safety steps, people across Pembrokeshire can ensure their blankets are as safe as possible.

Mr Davies said, "Electric blankets can be dangerous when not properly looked after and checked and so I'd like to urge the people of Pembrokeshire to take the necessary safety steps to protect themselves. The staff at Age Cymru have done a wonderful job in raising awareness of this important issue amongst local people and I am pleased to add my support to their campaign. They have been working with Fire Support Officers from Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service who were there to carry out the electric blanket safety checks."


Paul Davies Promotes Local Marine Sector

Local AM Paul Davies recently took part in a Welsh Conservative debate on Natural Resources in the Assembly Chamber. The debate, tabled by the Welsh Conservatives called upon the Welsh Government to encourage a wider range of renewable energies, including but not limited to, marine renewables, anaerobic digestion and hydropower.

Speaking from the Senedd, Paul Davies said, "I was pleased to take part in a debate on the richness of Wales' natural resources. As Pembrokeshire is the energy capital of Wales, I felt that this was a great opportunity to highlight what Pembrokeshire offers Wales, particularly in the 'lesser-talked about' field of marine energy."


03 October 2014

Paul Davies Backs Bag it. Beat It. Campaign in Pembrokeshire

L-R Michelle Lee (Sales Assistant), Paul Davies AM, David Oslui (Volunteer)Local Assembly Member Paul Davies has shown his support for the nation's heart charity and donated a bag of unwanted items to a local British Heart Foundation (BHF) shop in Haverfordwest as part of a new campaign aimed at funding further research into children born with heart defects.

Mr Davies said, "I'm pleased to have played a small part to support British Heart Foundation (BHF) Cymru's Bag it. Beat it campaign to raise funds to support vital research work into congenital heart disease so that more children's lives can be saved. Please encourage your friends, neighbours, family and colleagues to simply fill up a bag and join the BHF in the fight against heart disease."


01 October 2014

Pembrokeshire Businesses Encouraged to Change to .wales/.cymru Domain

IMG 1536Local Assembly Member Paul Davies is encouraging businesses in Pembrokeshire to join the likes of the National Assembly, the Welsh Rugby Union and leading Welsh newspapers who are among the first to adopt the new wales/.cymru domain name. The opportunity will be extended to all businesses in November and the wider public in March.


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