January 2018

18 January 2018

Local AM Responds to Neyland Surgery Closure

Argyle Medical Group has recently submitted an application to Hywel Dda Local Health Board to close its branch surgery in Neyland. It is understood that the reason behind the application is due to difficulties in recruiting and retaining GPs in the local area.

Local Assembly Member Paul Davies said, “This news will come as a shock to the people of Neyland, many of whom have been patients at the St Clements practice for some time. It’s deeply disappointing that as a result of a lack of GPs, Argyle has decided to close the surgery. As a result of this announcement, patients from Neyland will now have to travel to Pembroke Dock for essential services and treatment and this will cause huge problems for patients without transport or with limited mobility.”

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17 January 2018

Neil McEvoy Expulsion – Welsh Conservative Statement on Committee Chairs

Following official confirmation of Neil McEvoy’s permanent expulsion from the Plaid Cymru Assembly group, Welsh Conservatives have reiterated their calls for the allocation of committee chairs to be redistributed.

In a statement, Welsh Conservative Business Manager and Chief Whip, Paul Davies, said:

“Confirmation of Neil McEvoy’s permanent expulsion from the Plaid group should settle this matter once and for all.

“For a smaller party to hold more Committee Chairs sets a dangerous precedent for the future of this institution, and it is our hope that Plaid Cymru will now reflect on this matter.

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Paul Davies Responds to Latest Carillon Announcement

Responding to the news construction giant Carillion has gone into liquidation, local Assembly Member Paul Davies said:

“It’s deeply disappointing that Carillion has not been able to find suitable financing options to secure its future and as a result, thousands of jobs have been lost across the country. Our first thoughts go out to those personally affected by this announcement and I sincerely hope that Governments at all levels will work with those families to secure employment or training elsewhere.”

“Locally, we know that Carillion was due to design and build the £57m A40 bypass, which is intended to run around the northern side of Llanddewi Velfrey. Therefore, it’s absolutely crucial that the implementation of this project continues without delay and I will of course, be monitoring the delivery scheme as it develops.”

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16 January 2018

Local AM Encourages Communities to Support Holocaust Memorial Day

Preseli Pembrokeshire Assembly Member Paul Davies is urging the people of Pembrokeshire to support Holocaust Memorial Day 2018. Last year, over 7,700 activities took place across the UK to mark Holocaust Memorial Day, organised by local authorities, schools, libraries, workplaces and numerous other organisations and individuals – and this includes more than 320 activities in Wales. The theme for this year is the power of words and how language has been used during the Holocaust and subsequent genocides, and how it’s used in the present day.

Mr Davies said, “It’s so important that as a society we come together to remember the atrocities of the Holocaust and subsequent genocides and teach our future generations about the impact that these events have had on our world today. This year’s theme, the power of words is as relevant today as it has been in previous conflicts. The words we use have power and can shape our views and it’s crucial that we’re careful with our use of language. Therefore, I’d strongly encourage schools, workplaces and other community groups to take part in Holocaust Memorial Day, to learn lessons from the past and change the way we interact with each other.”

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12 January 2018

Nitrate Vulnerable Zones Are Still an Option for Welsh Government

Proposals to designate Nitrate Vulnerable Zones (NVZs) in Wales are still an option for the Welsh Government, according to a letter received from local Assembly Member Paul Davies. Last month the Welsh Government confirmed that it would be developing proposals on a Wales-wide basis and in response to questions posed by Mr Davies, the Welsh Government has confirmed that NVZ designations could still be an option.

Local Assembly Member Paul Davies said, “It’s very disappointing that the Cabinet Secretary for Energy, Planning and Rural Affairs is still considering NVZ designations, following a year-long consultation on this matter. Farmers are already facing excessive levels of red tape and so the introduction of NVZs across Wales would be wholly unreasonable and unnecessary. We all have a responsibility to protect the environment and cut nitrates but the Welsh Government should consider voluntary approaches before introducing more regulations against the will of Welsh farmers. There are examples of some very successful voluntary schemes that have been well-received by farmers and I believe that working in partnership with the agricultural industry would be the best way forward. Therefore, I will be raising this matter with the Cabinet Secretary at the earliest opportunity – and I encourage farmers across Wales to do the same and make sure their voices are heard.”

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11 January 2018

A Culture of 'entitlement, gagging, bullying and unfairness' in the Welsh NHS claimed by Former Patient Watchdog Chief

The former chief executive of the Board of Community Health Councils in Wales has come forward and described his experiences of a culture of 'entitlement, gagging, bullying and unfairness' in the Welsh NHS. Mr Tony Rucinski has claimed that a closeness between Welsh Government and the NHS meant that difficult conversations about what needs to happen in the health system are not taken forward.

Local Assembly Member Paul Davies said, “It’s extremely disappointing to hear reports of gagging and bullying in the Welsh NHS, especially from the previous head of the Board of Community Health Councils. Community Health Councils are supposed to be independent of Government and it’s important that that voice is maintained, so that we can have an honest and open discussion about the delivery of local health services. The Welsh Government must therefore encourage Community Health Councils to be robust in their scrutiny of health services and speak out when they need to, on behalf of Welsh patients.”

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