This is terrible news for workers at the plant, and also for the wider community. To lose these highly skilled and well-paid jobs is devastating and I know workers in Gower will be affected.
I am confident that the Welsh Government will do all it can to support the workers during this worrying and uncertain time.
I understand that Economy Minister Ken Skates will be urgently assembling a task force to provide support to the workers, and to explore long term options for the plant.
My thoughts and solidarity at this time are with the workers and their families.
Rebecca Evans AM, Assembly Member for Gower, has welcomed new action to tackle ambulance handover times at Morriston Hospital.
Across Wales, the ambulance service has surpassed its response time target every month since October 2015 for the most serious “red” calls, with patients who are immediately life threatened receiving a response in an average of around five minutes.
The most recently published median response time for “amber” calls – those with serious but not life threatening injuries or conditions – was under 28 minutes.
“This is a real testament to the professionalism and dedication of our Welsh Ambulance Service staff,” says Rebecca Evans AM.
“However,” she adds, “whilst most people receive a good service, I sometimes see people at my advice surgeries who have experienced waits which are simply unacceptable, and which fall short of the service that we would want.
“I am pleased that the Welsh Government has recognised that there are continued challenges caused by ambulance patient handover delays at Morriston Hospital, and is putting in place new actions to address this.”
Speaking in the Senedd, the Health Minister said: “I have directed the Chief Ambulance Services Commissioner to place immediate and targeted focus on achieving improvements at this site. A series of new actions have been agreed with local clinical teams. These innovations are being delivered alongside broader, whole system actions in the area to improve community care and enable people to leave hospital when they are ready. We will monitor the situation closely.”
Rebecca Evans AM, Assembly Member for Gower, is backing the NSPCC’’s campaign Wild West Web.
Rebeca Evans AM has long campaigned for more to done to protect children online, and is joining the NSPCC in making the case for statutory regulation so that social networks have a legal duty of care to protect every child.
The internet can be a wonderful tool in so many and varied way, but in using it we must be acutely aware of the dangers that are present.”
Rebecca Evans AM said: “The internet can be a great place for entertainment and for staying in touch, and is an excellent learning tool. However, social networks need to offer safe accounts for children, and proactively prevent children being groomed on their platforms.
“Legislation to ensure that social networks have a legal duty of care to protect every child cannot come soon enough, but until then it is vital that parents and carers of children familiarize themselves with the safety measures that are available, and speak to their children about the dangers of the Wild West Web”.
Rebecca Evans AM will be holding an advice surgery, on Friday 7th June, 12 midday - 1pm at Mumbles Pier, Oystermouth.
If you think Rebecca can be of assistance, please come along. No appointment necessary.