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Llanelli Star - - Letters - He­len Mary Jones on health and so­cial care

IN First Min­is­ter’s ques­tions last month I asked a ques­tion re­gard­ing the in­te­gra­tion of health and so­cial care in west Wales.

Plaid Cymru has said that when it comes to the pro­pos­als by Hy­wel Dda health board there needs to be in­vest­ment in com­mu­nity health and care ser­vices, via new and ad­di­tional re­sources, be­fore there is any re­moval of hospi­tal ser­vices.

I re­ceived as­sur­ances from the Welsh Gov­ern­ment that reg­u­lar dis­cus­sions are tak­ing place in re­gards to de­liv­er­ing on the in­te­gra­tion of health and so­cial care ser­vices and it would be sup­ported by a £100 mil­lion fund.

While I wel­come any new money, I raised my con­cerns that the Welsh Gov­ern­ment isn’t go­ing far enough. I ex­pressed the dis­ap­point­ment of con­stituents and their loss of pa­tience with re­gard to this long­stand­ing is­sue. The Labour led Welsh Gov­ern­ment should now look to ac­cel­er­ate the pace of health and so­cial care in­te­gra­tion.

I also queried the Welsh Gov­ern­ment over the avail­abil­ity of ru­ral bus ser­vices in Mid and West re­gion.

There are many EU cit­i­zens that have called Llanelli their home, there­fore, I asked a ques­tion on their be­half to the Coun­sel Gen­eral.

I asked what dis­cus­sions the Coun­sel Gen­eral has had with the West­min­ster Gov­ern­ment to en­sure these EU cit­i­zens’ rights are pro­tected in the event of Brexit.

The Coun­sel Gen­eral as­sured me that there are on­go­ing dis­cus­sions with re­gards to rights of EU cit­i­zens in Wales. I await to see the re­sult of those dis­cus­sions.

It is be­com­ing in­creas­ingly clear that leav­ing the EU with­out a deal would be a mis­take of his­toric pro­por­tions which will cause great harm to peo­ple’s liveli­hoods, well­be­ing, and se­cu­rity.

This is why we need a Peo­ple’s Vote.

If you wish to con­tact me about this or any other is­sues, email:He­lenMary. Jones@assem­bly.wales

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