The Welsh Government White Paper on ALN is a positive start to what we hope will eventually become a radical Bill that changes the landscape for children and young people with learning needs in Wales. My sincere wish is that the Government will recognise the concerns and input of all political parties so we can jointly deliver a ground-breaking solution to an issue that has no place in partisan politics and can break hearts and families rather than the ground.
Angela Burns AM has written an open letter to the Minister for Health expressing her deep concerns over the withdrawel of the SCBU and other services from Withybush hospital. Mrs Burns has had a number of wistleblowers report their concerns to her.
On 12 March 2014, the Minister for Education and Skills announced the appointment of Professor Graham Donaldson to lead a wide-reaching and independent review of assessment and the national curriculum. Professor Donaldson is to articulate a clear, coherent vision for assessment and the national curriculum in Wales from Foundation Phase to Key Stage 4 linking directly to our new qualifications system.
Many of you will have been at the National Assembly for Wales last week, as part of the demonstration against the downgrading of services at Withybush Hospital. I am sorry that I was unable to meet with you on the steps of the Senedd on this occasion, but I am recovering from a knee replacement operation
Local Assembly Member Angela Burns has asked the Minister for Health and Social Services, Mark Drakeford for written confirmation that safety will be of paramount importance in the reconfiguration of hospital services at Hywel Dda.
Local Assembly Member Angela Burns is backing a new national campaign to help prevent patients dying from blood clots while in hospital.
Deep concerns have been raised over the English Language GCSE results from the January exams. During an urgent question at the Senedd, local Assembly Member and Shadow Minister for Education Angela Burns asked;
Welsh Conservatives today announced plans to consult on introducing an option in Welsh universities for certain courses to be undertaken in just two years.
Welsh Conservatives will consult on retaining the same degree courses with the same content and credits but enabling students to choose whether to take a more intensive two year option.
Commenting on the publication of a critical review into cardiac services at Bronglais, Withybush, Glangwili, and Prince Philip – which issues a number of recommendations for improvement and also raises concerns over mortality data in the Hywel Dda health board area - Welsh Conservative Shadow Minister for Health, Darren Millar AM, said:
Last Wednesday was a Red Letter day when we saw so many people from Pembrokeshire storming the Senedd to protest about the departmental closures at Withybush Hospital. The same day the Welsh Conservatives held a debate on waiting times and mortality rates in welsh hospitals.