Ambulance response times in Powys in desperate need of improvement

Ambulance response times in Powys are in desperate need of improvement, Kirsty Williams AM has said today in response to newly published figures.

Figures published for August show that just 54.8% of emergency responses to Category A (immediately life-threatening) calls in Powys arrived at the scene within 8 minutes.  This is down from 57.6% in July 2015.  The all-Wales target is 65%.

Powys is the second worst performing area in Wales, with only patients in Ceredigion receiving a slower response service.

After failing to meet its ‘urgent’ emergency 8 minute target for over 21 months, the Labour Government in Wales has announced that from October it will now classify fewer calls as needing an 8 minute response. 

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Deaf people in Brecon at risk, unless life-changing clinics can be saved

People with hearing loss in the Brecon area could be at risk of loneliness and isolation, should an essential hearing clinic close next year, as planned.

Action on Hearing Loss Cymru’s free hearing aid clinics change lives every day across Wales, by helping people to manage their hearing loss in local communities. But funding ends and the clinics will have to close in 2016, putting 6,000 people in Wales at risk of loneliness and other problems.

Jackie Poley, an Action on Hearing Loss Cymru volunteer at a clinic in Brecon, said: “Hear to Help is an invaluable service for many people who wear hearing aids, particularly those who live in rural communities. We carry out maintenance such as fitting new batteries or replacing tubing, as well as providing advice and support. As a hearing aid user myself I understand the issues people face.”

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Anger as NatWest set to leave Crickhowell

Kirsty Williams, Welsh Liberal Democrat AM for Brecon and Radnorshire, and John Morris, Welsh Lib Dem Cllr for Crickhowell have vowed to campaign against the closure of the NatWest Branch in Crickhowell following today’s announcement that the branch is to close in November. 

If it goes ahead, the closure will leave the town without an out-of-hours cashpoint.

Kirsty and Cllr Morris have been in touch with the bank asking for an urgent meeting with NatWest officials to ask them to rethink the closure.

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Kirsty Williams backs Welsh farming

Today, Kirsty Williams, AM for Brecon and Radnorshire, supported the NFU Cymru stall in Cardiff City centre. The idea was to bring a ‘taste’ of the countryside to Wales’ capital city to help explain to shoppers why it’s more important than ever to #backWelshfarming

 

In what is an extremely challenging time for the Welsh agricultural industry, with lamb producers and dairy farmers in particular facing severe price pressures, NFU Cymru organised a promotional event in Cardiff city centre to showcase the quality and versatility of Welsh produce first hand to consumers.

 

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Kirsty Williams responds to CSSIW Inspection of Adult Social Services in Powys County Council

Kirsty Williams, Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats and AM for Brecon & Radnorshire said:

 

“When Powys announced its ill-conceived plans back in 2013, I expressed grave concerns about the effect the changes would have on my constituents. I take absolutely no pleasure in reading this report which confirms those concerns were realised.

 

“We must not forget the people and families behind this report. This process left people vulnerable, carers at their wits end and a financial black hole.

 

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Disappointment as another bank turns its back on a rural community – Kirsty Williams

Kirsty Williams, AM for Brecon and Radnorshire, has expressed her disappointment at the news that Barclays is going to close its Llanwrtyd Wells Branch.

 

If the closure goes ahead it will mean the town is left without a bank. Residents will have to rely on the Post Office located at Llanwrtyd Wells Auto Services for their financial transactions.

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