• A year-round minor illnesses and injuries service for Tenby has been given the green light by health bosses.

    The walk-in service, led by advanced nurse practitioners, will be based at the town’s Cottage Hospital building and will be run in collaboration with the Tenby GP practice which is next door.

    It is hoped that the full service will be up and running by the summer. In the meantime, an interim service will be put in place over the Easter period.

    The Hywel Dda University Health Board (UHB) agreed at its meeting last week to support the development of the new service.

    It follows a review of the successful 10-day pilot that ran last Easter.

    Said Jill Paterson, the UHB’s interim director of commissioning, primary care and therapies and health sciences: “The health board is pleased to announced the decision to commission this new service in Tenby. While there are some practical arrangements to address, such as staff recruitment, we hope that the full service will be operational by the summer.”

    Local health watchdogs, the South East Pembrokeshire Community Health Network (SEPCHN) had previously written to UHB chair Bernardine Rees expressing concern at the delay in bringing in the service.

    SEPCHN chairman Mansel Thomas said there were still issues that needed resolving, and he had requested a “detailed report for the Tenby public” from the board.

    Labour AM for Mid and West Wales Eluned Morgan says the setting up of an implementation board which will include members of the local community sends the right message about ensuring that services are as local to communities as possible.

    Mrs Morgan said: “This is just the sort of innovative collaboration between Primary Care and Community Services that myself and my Labour colleagues in South Pembrokeshire have been calling for.

    “It ensures that, once again, patients will get the care they need quickly without the need to travel long distances.

    “I’m pleased that the Health Board will involve the local community, who have campaigned for so long to see a sustainable service developed for local patients. This is something Labour supported local health campaigners on over the last few years, arranging for the Health Minister to visit Tenby last year to hear local concerns for himself”.

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  • Eluned Morgan, Labour AM has called on the Welsh Government to develop an economic plan specifically for rural Wales.

    The call has been made along with key business players in rural Wales who have a track record of delivery.

    The group which met in Trinity College stated that, “Whilst the City Region model may work in parts of Wales it is not a model that is relevant or suitable for vast areas of rural Wales.”

    The group has suggested that there is an urgency to develop such a plan following the BREXIT vote. They have argued that the impact of BREXIT on the rural economy is likely to be greater than elsewhere in Wales as European funding is withdrawn.

    Eluned Morgan, the Labour AM who represents the vast rural area of Mid and West Wales in the Assembly said, “I am delighted that a range of accomplished individuals have agreed to work towards presenting the Welsh Government with the broad structure of a plan. We will then encourage the Government to elaborate on this by preparing specific and measurable targets.

    “The economic challenges for rural Wales are many and varied. These include low productivity rates, low paid jobs, a low skills base, transport and IT infrastructure weaknesses, a lack of affordable homes, and an ageing population. Due to a lack of varied employment opportunities there is a loss of many of our brightest people who feel they need to leave in order to find work. In order to build a balanced and more sustainable economy these are just some of the issues that need to be addressed.

    “The group agreed that insecurity in terms of the long term future of agriculture – an important sector for rural Wales following the BREXIT vote, suggests that we need to start preparing now for a new approach which focuses on added value and broadens the debate to include the wider food and drink industry. In addition to this we must work to enhance the quality of the tourism offer and take advantage of the low pound to attract new visitors to the area.

    “Many sectors have received economic support through European Funding initiatives over the years.  The loss of this additional support will have longer term impacts if it is not replaced”

    The group will endeavour not to re-invent the wheel and not to duplicate work already underway by the Welsh Government, local authorities, the City Region and other organisations committed to economic development in the area. They will identify key sectors on which the Rural Development Plan should focus, and make the case for the proposals within the plan to be enacted by Welsh Government.

    She added, “I have already discussed this matter with the First Minister Carwyn Jones, the Economy Secretary Ken Skates, and the Rural Development Secretary Leslie Griffiths. They are all interested to hear what progress we can make on this matter.”

    The group has invited the Economy Secretary Ken Skates to attend a meeting where he will be presented with the plan in April this year.

    Eluned Morgan has also sent a questionnaire to all town and community councils in Mid and West Wales to gauge their views on Economic Development in Mid and West Wales. These will be fed into the deliberations of the group.

     

    Members of the group include:

    Eluned Morgan, Assembly Member for Mid and West Wales

    Susan Balsom, Director, Cambrian Mountains CIC, Trustee Artes Mundi

    Melanie Doel, Chair, Brecon Beacons National Park Authority

    Professor Medwin Hughes DL DPhil DPS FRSA, Vice Chancellor, University of Wales Trinity St. David

    John Idris Jones, Chair, Snowdonia Enterprise Advisory Board

    Stan McIlvenny OBE, Chair, Milford Haven Waterway Enterprise Zone

    William McNamara, CEO, Bluestone National Park Resort, Pembrokeshire

    Glen Peters, Managing Director, Western Solar Ltd

    Huw Thomas, Puffin Produce, Managing Director, Puffin Produce, Haverfordwest

    Stephen Thornton, Valero Pembroke Refinery

    Professor Elizabeth Treasure, Vice Chancellor, Aberystwyth University

    Eirwen Williams, Director, Menter a Busnes

    Elinor Williams, Ofcom Wales

     

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  • Prime Minister Theresa May’s pronouncement on Brexit will seriously affect the Welsh economy and lead to a decade of instability for the UK.

    Eluned Morgan AM
  • It is disappointing that that the Courts determined that the Sewel Convention (the agreement which determines the relationship between the UK Government and the devolved governments) is not as legally water tight as we had hoped.

    We should however expect the UK Government to honour the fact that Wales has responsibility of vast areas of policies which up until now have been determined in Brussels.

    These areas include agriculture and the environment.

    When the UK leaves the EU these responsibilities must come directly to Wales, and when these matters are discussed in the negotiation, Wales should legitimately be demanding a seat at the negotiating table.

    Eluned Morgan - Wales Online