2018

17 July 2018

First Minister Should Be Ashamed over Welsh Government Failures at Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board

In First Minister’s Questions today Interim Welsh Conservative leader Paul Davies AM highlighted the serial failings at Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board and the horrendous impact that those shortcomings have had on patients across North Wales.

A report last week from Donna Ockenden made it clear that management failures at the Board had directly contributed to the disgraceful events at Tawel Fan and to numerous other instances of sub-standard patient care.

Mr Davies said:

“The First Minister should be ashamed of his Government’s management of Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board.

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Legislative Programme’s lack of ambition marks the beginning of the end of the Welsh Labour Government

Carwyn Jones’ final statement on the Welsh Government’s law-making priorities for the year ahead have been branded “unambitious, last-minute scribblings of a tired administration” by the Welsh Conservatives.

One of the proposals to be brought forward is a ban on wild animals from performing in travelling circuses, something Welsh Conservatives have been calling for in recent years.

Legislation to merge councils is likely to face much contention following fierce opposition from the Welsh Local Government Association over the past few months after being told they will have to merge voluntarily, or have t imposed upon them.

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12 July 2018

First Minister Challenged Over Lack of Support for Children with Learning Disabilities

Interim Leader of the Welsh Conservative group Paul Davies AM has today challenged the First Minister over his Government’s record on supporting children and young people with learning disabilities

This follows the damning report published by the Children’s Commissioner for Wales, which showed significant failings in the delivery of support for children and young people with learning disabilities.

However, the Welsh Labour Government has consistently failed to take decisive action to deliver a step change in the level of support offered to those children and young people who have learning disabilities

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04 July 2018

AM Attends Withybush Hospital Petition Handover

Paul is pictured with Assembly colleagues receiving the petition from Myles Bamford-Lewis.Local Assembly Member Paul Davies recently met with campaigners from across Pembrokeshire who travelled to the Senedd to submit a petition opposing plans to downgrade services at Withybush hospital. The petition, signed by over 40,000 people, was presented to the Assembly’s Petitions Committee by local health campaigner Myles Bamford-Lewis.

He said, “I was delighted to welcome campaigners to the Senedd and receive their petition alongside my Assembly colleagues. It was great to see so many people come together and make it absolutely clear that any plans that will result in the downgrading of services at Withybush hospital are simply unacceptable. The sheer enthusiasm for the campaign was felt by all who attended and showed that we will not give up without a fight. The petition has clearly gathered a huge amount of signatures, which will hopefully secure a debate in the Chamber and I look forward to taking part and standing up for my constituents. I will continue to oppose these disastrous proposals and work with campaigners in Pembrokeshire and colleagues at the Assembly until we see these proposals dropped and services protected at Withybush hospital.”

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03 July 2018

First Minister challenged over Welsh Labour’s NHS funding record

In First Minister’s Questions today Interim Welsh Conservative leader Paul Davies AM challenged Carwyn Jones on his Government’s record on funding the NHS in Wales.

Mr Davies highlighted the fact that the First Minster remains the only UK leader to have cut an NHS budget – and that his own Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social services has recently admitted that the Welsh Government’s decision to deliver a cash flat budget settlement “didn’t work”.

Mr Davies then pushed the First Minster on whether he would commit to ensuring that increases in NHS funding delivered by the UK Government would be matched in Wales.

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27 June 2018

Local AM Visits Composites Cymru

Paul is pictured with Wyn Lewis of Composites Cymru.Local Assembly Member Paul Davies recently met with Composites Cymru, a local business in Crymych to discuss support for small businesses in Pembrokeshire. Composites Cymru manufactures carbon fibre and composite parts and has been operating from Crymych for the past year.

He said, “It was a real pleasure to visit Wyn Lewis at Composites Cymru and hear more about their innovate operations. It was fascinating to hear about how composite parts are actually made for vehicles and to see this sort of business activity taking place on our doorstep. Of course, technology is forever advancing and it’s important that local businesses like Composites Cymru can continue to be competitive. There is so much potential for businesses in this sort of field and so it’s crucial that they have the support they need to expand their operations. I understand that Composites Cymru ae looking hoping to expand their business and manufacture a whole range of different parts. Therefore, l wish them the very best for the future and I will of course, look at ways in which the Assembly can help support businesses like this so that they can continue to go from strength to strength.

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Paul Davies to Take Over As Interim Leader

Following the resignation of Andrew RT Davies and a subsequent meeting of the Welsh Conservative Assembly group this afternoon, Preseli Pembrokeshire Assembly Member Paul Davies has been elected as the Interim Leader of the group. Mr Davies has served as Deputy Leader of the Welsh Conservative Assembly group since 2011. Mr Davies will assume the interim post with immediate effect.

He said, “The Assembly group has today appointed me as Interim Leader of the group, following the resignation of Andrew RT Davies this morning.

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25 June 2018

Local AM Hosts Public Meeting on Broadband Services

Paul is pictured hosting the public meeting with Leader of the House Julie James.A public meeting to discuss broadband services across Pembrokeshire was recently hosted by local Assembly Member Paul Davies. Mr Davies invited the Welsh Government’s Leader of the House Julie James, who is the Welsh Government Cabinet Secretary responsible for the roll out of broadband to address members of the public at a packed meeting in Maenclochog Community Hall.

He said, “The availability of decent broadband services has long been a problem for communities across Pembrokeshire and I’m pleased that the Leader of the House attended the public meeting to listen to the concerns of my constituents. It’s quite clear that this a priority for many people across Pembrokeshire and that was reflected in the strong attendance at the meeting. Concerns ranging from having poor access and speed, to simply not having access at all and so I hope the Leader of the House will take on-board these concerns and work to ensure that Pembrokeshire isn’t left behind in the future. It was quite clear from the meeting that people were frustrated and sometimes angry regarding being unable to access sufficient broadband services. Of course, I will continue to keep raising this issue with the Welsh Government at the Assembly and call for much needed improvements until communities across Pembrokeshire have access to the first-class broadband services that they need and deserve.”

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20 June 2018

A40 Improvements Show Need to Dual the A40

Local Assembly Member Paul Davies has welcomed support from the Welsh Government to deliver improvements to stretches of road along the A40, but has reiterated his previous calls to see the entire stretch of road dualled. Following an exchange with Paul in the Assembly Chamber earlier this month, the Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Transport wrote to Assembly Members to update them on the Welsh Government’s intention to deliver improvements between Llanddewi Velfrey and Penblewin.

He said, “Whilst any improvements to the A40 are welcome, it’s clear that the A40 needs to be dualled in order to make the road safer for vehicles and to maximise Pembrokeshire’s economic potential. Dualling the road is one of the few infrastructure issues that politicians of all colours agree on and so it’s high time that this important project moves forward. The Welsh Government must exhaust every avenue and opportunity to provide funding for this project – it must negotiate with the UK Government, the European Commission and even the Irish Government, who I believe would also benefit from this road being dualled. Therefore, whilst this small step is welcome, I’ll continue to do all that I can to keep campaigning for the road to be completely dualled.”

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Welsh Conservatives press for progress on Autism Bill

Welsh Conservative, Paul Davies, continues to call on the Welsh Labour Government for progress on delivering an Autism Bill in Wales.

In a statement to the Senedd yesterday, the Cabinet Secretary for Health, Vaughan Gething, said the Welsh Government does not currently support the principle of an Autism Bill for Wales.

However, in a meeting with the Cabinet Secretary this morning, Paul Davies outlined his intention to formally introduce legislation over the next few weeks to achieve improved outcomes for the autistic community in Wales.

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Paul Davies Encourages Young Politicians to Consider Standing for the Welsh Youth Parliament

Local Assembly Member Paul Davies is calling on young political thinkers to consider standing for Preseli Pembrokeshire at the Welsh Youth Parliament. Similar to the National Assembly for Wales, the Welsh Youth Parliament will be made up of 60 Members, 40 of whom will be elected from the 40 constituencies of Wales. The remaining 20 Members will be elected by partner organisations.

He said, “The Welsh Youth parliament is a fantastic opportunity for young people to engage in Welsh politics and ensure that the voices of young people across Wales are heard. I sincerely hope that schools and youth groups will promote this initiative and help encourage as many people as possible to come forward and stand for election. Candidates must be at least 11 years old and no older than 17 by the last day of the election which is 25 November. The winning candidate for Preseli Pembrokeshire will then travel to the Assembly, just as I do, to attend meetings and vote on key issues. Applications open on 3 September 2018 and close on 30 September 2018 and I hope to see as many young people as possible taking part. You can find more information at https://www.youthparliament.wales/”

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18 June 2018

AM Attends Withybush Protest and Fun Day

Paul is pictured with local campaigner David Williams.Local Assembly Member Paul Davies recently attended a countywide protest to show his support for the campaign to protect services at Withybush hospital. Mr Davies joined campaigners from across Pembrokeshire to protest against Hywel Da University Health Board’s consultation plans which will see services downgraded at Withybush hospital.

He said, “I was delighted to join hundreds of people across Pembrokeshire and add my voice to the campaign to protect services at Withybush hospital. The sheer scale of attendees sent a clear statement to the local health board that their plans for Withybush hospital are unacceptable and that the people of Pembrokeshire will not go down without a fight.”

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11 June 2018

Paul Davies Organises Meeting to Discuss Inadequate Broadband

Assembly Member for Preseli Pembrokeshire, Paul Davies, has organised a public meeting to discuss concerns regarding inadequate access to broadband. Paul invited the Welsh Government Cabinet Member responsible for digital infrastructure, Julie James AM who will be attending. Also in attendance at the meeting will be an official from BT Openreach.

Commenting on the issue, Paul Davies said “For many years I have been campaigning for better broadband services in Preseli Pembrokeshire. It’s deeply frustrating that whilst other parts of Wales are leaping ahead with superfast broadband, many parts of Pembrokeshire still do not have access to basic services. Given the continued importance of online services in our lives, it’s absolutely vital that Pembrokeshire is well connected.”

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06 June 2018

AM Supports Glaucoma Awareness Week

Paul is pictured on the Vision Express driving simulator.Local Assembly Member Paul Davies recently attended an event hosted by Vision Express to experience for himself what it would be like to drive with glaucoma. Mr Davies attempted the driving simulator to better understand the challenges of driving with glaucoma as part of Vision Express’ campaign to raise awareness of National Glaucoma Awareness Week 2018.

He said, “I’m delighted to support the National Glaucoma Awareness Week campaign and encourage as many drivers as possible to have regular eye tests. The UK’s ageing population means that there are more older drivers on the road and so it’s crucial that we recognise the importance of taking eye health seriously. Regular eye tests not only ensure that drivers are safer on the road, but they can also identify several underlying health issues such as diabetes and high blood pressure. Therefore, I’d encourage all drivers to have their eyes tested every two years, encourage family and friends to also do so and help make our roads as safe as possible.”

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23 May 2018

Local AM Meets Occupational Therapists

Paul is pictured with David Davies of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists.The launch of a report into occupational therapy and how it can promote mental health and wellbeing in Wales was recently attended by local Assembly Member Paul Davies. At the launch Mr Davies met with representatives of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists to learn more about how they can support wellbeing, reduce costs and help prevent the escalation of mental health issues across Wales.

He said, “It’s important that, as a society, we are meeting the mental health needs of people across Wales and so it was great to hear about the important role that occupational therapists play in supporting people with mental health needs. Early access to occupational therapy can ensure that patients have the best possible health and social care outcomes and so it’s crucial that access to those services are improved. Occupational therapists work with people of all ages, at all stages of recovery and this report shows the benefits of occupational therapy in addressing the employment needs of people with mental health issues, as well as ensuring that young people with mental health issues achieve their full educational potential.”

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