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First Minister Carwyn Jones will tell AMs later that his government is on course to deliver on the promises it made to the voters in the 2011 election campaign. In his final report on his programme for government before he faces the electorate again, he's expected to say that out of more than 500 commitments, more than 95% have been delivered -or are on track to be delivered in the next few months.
Welsh Labour claim that this includes all the main pledges in the the 2011 manifesto, such as Jobs Growth Wales, extra money for schools, low tuition fees for Welsh students, and longer GP opening hours. One source called Labour's record in government in Wales "a robust statistical shield" against attacks from political opponents. Nevertheless, the Conservatives say they will challenge the Welsh Government on its record.
On health – on education – on the economy – the evidence is clear; Wales continues to fall behind and Labour ministers have no answers. Don’t take it from me – listen to the experts, the independent reports and the cold hard statistics.
Over 400 thousand people are waiting to start NHS treatment in Labour-run Wales. When Carwyn Jones became First Minister that figure was just 200 thousand. Global school test performance lags behind other parts of the UK and business support is nowhere near where it should be.
This is the real programme for government update and an urgent focus is desperately needed on our schools, our NHS services, our businesses and our communities.
A new Assembly Member for South Wales West has been sworn in at the Senedd, replacing Byron Davies, who stood down after becoming MP for Gower.
Dr Altaf Hussain, a retired orthopaedic surgeon, takes his place as a Conservative regional AM, without the need for a by-election.
Dr Hussain also stood at the general election, finishing third behind Labour and UKIP candidates in Swansea East.
He was born in Srinagar, Kashmir, and worked for the NHS for 25 years, before retiring in 2009. He has been involved in campaigning for the Welsh Conservatives since then, and is also a school governor.
I am honoured to be serving South Wales West as an Assembly Member and I am committed to continuing the determined work of my predecessor.
I relish the opportunity to be an incredibly strong voice for my region.
With a background in medicine and medical science, it will be no surprise to hear that one of my main priorities will be continued work to ensure improvement of the National Health Service in Wales.