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Minister showed 'disgraceful ignorance' claim Conservatives

The Welsh Conservatives have condemned the former Health Minister's decision to refer back objections to changes to hospital services in west Wales. They claim Lesley Griffiths effectively ignored the Community Health Council's concerns about the Hywel Dda Health Board's proposals.

This move is a disgraceful ignorance of ministerial accountability. It beggars belief that the views of a watchdog representing the public can be so blatantly disregarded. This is effectively bouncing the referral back to the watchdog and avoiding any responsibility. I hope the new health minister – whose appointment is welcome – will take a far more appropriate approach to an issue that affects many thousands of people.

– Shadow Health Minister Darren Millar AM

The old minister has done little more than pass the buck and it is no surprise that she has been shifted from her portfolio. Her refusal to stand accountable is a sad indictment of a Labour government completely out of touch with Pembrokeshire. I urge the new minister to review this decision and look very carefully at the health board’s unnecessary plans.”

– Preseli Pembrokeshire AM Paul Davies

Disabled parking difficulties

Ex-serviceman Paul Davies welcomes a new scheme which will make it more difficult to forge blue badges and crack down on the abuse of disabled parking spaces in Wales.

Paul, who uses a wheelchair himself, says it can be very difficult for disabled people when there are no disabled spaces available.

The revamped plastic badges will make it easier for police and parking wardens to spot so-called space invaders.