Ambulance service in crisis

Veronica German, Welsh Liberal Democrat Parliamentary spokesperson for Monmouth has described the ambulance service in Monmouthshire and Torfaen as being ‘in crisis’ as figures recently published showed response times are over 13% worse than the same time last year.

Figures released today show that in June less than 45% of emergency responses to Category A (immediately life-threatening) calls arrived at the scene within 8 minutes in Monmouthshire and Torfaen,  and way below the target of 65%. In England and Scotland the target for the same priority calls is 75%.

These figures represent nearly a 14% drop compared to June 2013 last year.

Commenting Monmouth Lib Dem Veronica German said,

“Once again we see ambulance response times getting worse.  The current target is not at all ambitious, yet still it is routinely missed.

“These figures remain a disgrace.  To have less than half of immediately life-threatening calls responded to within the 8 minute target time is a huge concern. 

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Lib Dem's More Nurses Bill reaches next stage

Kirsty Williams AM’s campaign for more nurses on Welsh hospital wards has reached the next stage as the consultation was launched on the Safe Nurse Staffing Levels (Wales) Bill.

Over 3,000 people have either signed Kirsty’s petition or written to their AM urging them to back the Bill as it progresses through the Assembly. During this 6 week consultation period, Kirsty Williams will tour Welsh hospitals to speak with nurses and feed their views into the consultation.

In December 2013, Kirsty Williams was successful in the National Assembly’s ballot to introduce backbench legislation.  Her proposal could see Wales become the first country in the UK with a legal duty on safe nurse staffing levels.

Over 30 organisations and health professionals took part in the initial consultation on the general principals. Their views have fed into the draft bill text, which is being launched for the first time today. The remit of the Bill has been expanded to ensure safe nurse staffing levels within all NHS settings and recognises the importance of professional judgment and outcomes for patients.  It includes a requirement to maintain minimum nurse to patient ratios in adult inpatient wards in acute hospitals and provision to extend this to other settings within the NHS in Wales as and when guidance is published by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).

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M4 decision a big mistake

Monmouth Liberal Democrats have slammed the decision by Labour's Transport Minister to choose the 'black route' for the M4 relief road.  The £1bn scheme is the largest capital investment programme ever announced by the Welsh government.

The favoured route was one of three options put forward for consultation last September.

The Welsh Liberal Democrats prefer the 'blue route', which is the redevelopment of the A48 Southern Distributor Road and A4810 Steelworks Access Road. This route was put forward as a fourth option for consultation last September.

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Welsh Labour Minister sacked over smear campaign

Alun Davies, the former Labour Minister of Natural Resources and Food, has been sacked by the First Minister.

This is following news that he attempted to mount a smear campaign against five Assembly Members, including Welsh Liberal Democrats Kirsty Williams and William Powell, by requesting private information about agricultural payments.

Kirsty Williams AM, Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats, reacted to the sacking by saying:

"The actions of Alun Davies as a Minister are atrocious and completely unacceptable for anyone serving in public office.


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