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Plaid Cymru leader says that 2014 must be Wales’ year of improvement


Failures in education, health and the economy must be ended

Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood AM has said that 2014 must be Wales’ year of improvement, after a string of bad news stories concerning Welsh education, health and the economy in recent weeks.

The Party of Wales leader said that it was not good enough for the Welsh Government to point to inputs and process. It is now time for delivery.

Speaking in the last week of the National Assembly before the Christmas recess, Leanne said that Wales should no longer be prepared to accept mediocrity from a First Minister who had been in post for the last four years.

She made stinging criticisms of the Welsh Government’s failures in education, health, the economy and in tackling poverty.

Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood AM said:

“Plaid Cymru has launched exciting plans to help businesses in Wales to create jobs, called for a Welsh energy company and to recruit 1,000 new doctors to the Welsh NHS.

“We have doubled the funding to pupils from deprived backgrounds and secured money to make it easier for people to have treatment and care close to home.

“However, we cannot look back at 2013 without considering the disappointment and the failures of the Welsh Government.

“Last week’s PISA education results saw Wales not just fail to meet government targets, but fail to improve at all.

“Wales is not just the worst performing country in the UK, but the worst in the whole of Western Europe.

“There is crisis after crisis in our health service, as we have seen at Betsi Cadwaldr with the C.Difficile outbreak and the investigations into organisational failures there.

“40,000 more people are out of work in Wales now than before the recession began, and women are finding it difficult to get back into work. The anti-poverty minister has been unable to tackle poverty.

“The First Minister tells us about inputs and what they are doing, or planning to do.

“But the reality is that there are too few successful outcomes.

“Next year we must change all that. 2014 must be Wales’ year of improvement.”

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