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#5Years of Carwyn and Welsh Labour

Under Carwyn Jones’ five years as First Minister, Wales has got poorer and the standard of public services has declined, Welsh Conservatives claimed today.

Carwyn Jones was sworn in as Welsh First Minister on 10th December 2009.

Since December 2009:

Labour has continued to deny patients in Wales a Cancer Treatments Fund, despite Labour’s decision to support one in England. Under Carwyn Jones, Welsh cancer patients are seven times less likely to access innovative new medicines.

The key measure of prosperity, GVA, was 74.3% of the UK average per head in 2009, but by 2012 (latest figures available) has since fallen to 72.3%. Labour abandoned a 2010 target to raise it to 90%.
In 2009, the latest figures showed Welsh GDP stood at 89% of the EU average (2006), but the most recent figures (2011) show this has fallen to 74%.

NHS bed numbers have fallen from 13,000 in 2009/10 to just over 11,000 in 2013/14.

Wales’ performance in PISA rankings between 2009 and 2012 got worse in science and maths and Labour’s target to raise performance by 2015 has been ditched.

The number of patients waiting more than eight weeks to access diagnostic services has increased by 1,088% from 1,906 in December 2009 to over 22,000 in September 2014.

The Welsh unemployment rate has been consistently above the UK average for every month of Carwyn Jones’ premiership.

Welsh Gross Disposable Household Income (GDHI) remains one of the lowest of all UK regions.

The Welsh claimant count has never been below the UK average during Carwyn Jones’ leadership.

Wales has qualified for a third round of EU handouts, despite the spending of £4billion of EU aid since 2000.

Average Band D council tax has risen by 17.5% since 2009/10 and by 150% since 1997/98 from £495 to £1,276.

The number of patients waiting for NHS treatment has more than doubled, rising from 187,000 in December 2009 to 432,869 in September 2014.

Urgent suspected cancer waiting time targets have not been met once, while the percentage of patients beginning treatment within 62 days has fallen from 92% in December 2009 to 85.1% in September 2014.

Ambulance response time targets have only been met once in the past two and a half years. In December 2009, 59.4% of ambulances responded to a category A call within eight minutes. In October 2014, the figure was 55.5%.

Labour’s A&E waiting time target has not been met once.

Welsh Labour has imposed the deepest cuts to any UK health service.

Carwyn Jones has admitted that he and his Labour Ministers took their “eye off the ball” on school standards.

Carwyn Jones pledged to fund education 1% above the block grant until the school funding gap with England is eradicated. The latest data shows it’s widened from £496 per pupil in 2009 to £604 in 2011.

Labour’s target of halving child poverty by 2010 was spectacularly missed, while child poverty rates have risen every year.

Carwyn Jones has taken the advice of old college chums on the state of the NHS, but ignored repeated warnings from the British Medical Association.

Carwyn Jones has been sat around the cabinet table continuously since February 2000.

Andrew RT Davies AM, Welsh Conservative Leader, said, “The reality of five years of Carwyn Jones has failed to live up to his pre-election promises of delivery of improved public services.

“Under Carwyn Jones, cancer patients in Wales continue to be denied access to life-extending cancer medicines, despite confirmation that the Cancer Treatments Fund will continue in England, whichever party forms the next UK Government.

“Since 2009, waiting lists have more than doubled, prosperity levels in Wales have declined and the rate of child poverty has increased.

“In 2009, Carwyn Jones promised education would be his priority, but Wales has since tumbled down international league tables in key skills and the First Minister himself has admitted that he took his eye off the ball.

“Carwyn Jones promised to increase education funding by 1%, but now school leaders are warning of £1million school deficits and a future deterioration in standards.

“Under Labour, prosperity levels in Wales are in decline, having fallen to less than 75% of the UK average, while Labour quietly and embarrassingly ditched its 2010 target to hit 90%.

“Carwyn Jones has been sat around Labour’s cabinet table for nearly 15 years, supporting botched NHS reorganisations, funding Awema, denying an inquiry into high hospital death rates and spending £52million buying Cardiff Airport.

“In the past five years in the face of Labour failure, only the Welsh Conservatives have been putting forward solutions to the problems Wales faces, pledging protection for the NHS budget, plans to support high street businesses and a commitment to cutting taxes.

“Carwyn Jones must stop drifting along overseeing managed decline of the Welsh economy and public services and start using the levers at his control to raise living standards for the people of Wales.”