Tonia Antoniazzi, Welsh Labour's general election candidate for Gower, has welcomed the launching of a major new campaign promoting Wales as a fantastic country for nurses to train, work and live.
The campaign starts with the announcement that NHS Bursaries for eligible student nurses, midwives and allied health professionals will continue to be available in Wales in 2018/19. In England, bursaries have been scrapped by the Tory government.
The bursary will be based upon individuals committing in advance to taking up the opportunity to work in Wales, post qualification, for a period of two years.
The recruitment campaign forms part of the Welsh Labour Government’s commitment to take action to attract and train more nurses, GPs and other health professionals across Wales. It follows the successful recent GP recruitment campaign, which saw a 16% increase in GP training places filled.
Tonia Antoniazzi said:
“This campaign is great news for the Welsh NHS and patients in Gower.
“It is signals the Welsh Labour Government’s commitment to the training and development of nurses, midwives and other professionals working in our NHS. Compare that to the approach of the Tories who have scrapped nursing bursaries in England, and whose language on Brexit is frightening healthcare professionals away.
“Gower is a great place to live and train and I look forward to seeing the positive impact on numbers of nurses midwives and allied health professionals in our Swansea hospitals."
Notes to editors:
The international campaign will target newly qualified and experienced registered nurses, as well as those who may be considering returning to the profession. The Train, Work, Live campaign will be represented at the RCN Congress in Liverpool from May 13 -17.
It is supported with a single telephone point of contact for all enquiries and online through thewww.trainworklive.wales website. People interested in working in Wales can ring: 01443 848 576 for more details.
In his most recent newsletter, Byron Davies, the Gower Conservative Candidate for the General Election said that he was ‘looking forward’ to fighting for residents to ensure among other things, the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon.
It has been well-reported that the Swansea tidal lagoon programme offers a significant economic opportunity for Gower, Swansea and Wales and it seems strange that Gower’s MP has said that he was ‘looking forward’ to fighting for a project that Swansea has been waiting for with baited breath for over a year.
Last January, former energy minister Charles Hendry published his findings into the proposed project off the coast of Swansea, saying that it should be the first in a series of larger lagoons around the UK coast - creating a new £15bn industry in tidal energy.
Four months later, and Swansea is still waiting for the decision of the UK Government.
Tonia Antoniazzi, Labour’s candidate for Gower expressed surprise at Byron Davies’ stance. “ Rather than look ahead to a fight, Byron and the Tory Government should have delivered by now on the promises made to invest in the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon.
Having read the Hendry report in detail, and having worked on a Welsh Baccalaureate project with my pupils on the issue of tidal lagoons, it is clear that this is an investment in our future generations, our children and our grandchildren. This is about employment and opportunities in Gower and Wales and it is a lifeline to Wales.
As an old proverb says: Promises are like the full moon, if they are not kept at once they diminish day by day. There is no never ending pot of private investment that can keep the project on hold until Teresa May’s Government decides to invest. The BBC reported in February this year that Tidal Lagoon Power needed an answer within 6 – 8 weeks. If we do not have a commitment from the Tories in the next three months then we are under threat of losing this investment. “
Reacting to Theresa May's support for a return to fox-hunting, Welsh Labour's Gower candidate, Tonia Antoniazzi said:
“Welsh Labour’s position on fox hunting remains the same as always – it’s an outdated, barbaric practice which has nothing to do with pest control and everything to do with bloodlust and cruelty.
“Theresa May’s comments show how out of touch the Tories are with the people of Wales, who by a huge margin support Welsh Labour’s continued opposition to fox hunting. On June 8th, people in Wales will have the chance to reject Tory plans like this – and the only way to do that is voting Welsh Labour.”
Welsh Labour’s candidate for Gower, Tonia Antoniazzi, has welcomed new figures which show that the number of young people not in education, employment or training in Wales fell during 2016.
Tonia said: “These latest figures show the difference that a Welsh Labour Government makes.
“Whilst young people are amongst those bearing the brunt of the UK Government’s austerity agenda, Labour in Wales is investing in our future.
“I have seen the impact that schemes like Jobs Growth Wales have had on the lives of young people, including in Gower, and am proud that our party has not turned our back on them.”
Figures from the Annual Population Survey (APS) show that:
A number of schemes supported by the Welsh Labour Government are helping young people into work, including Jobs Growth Wales. Supported by the European Structural Fund, Jobs Growth Wales provides unemployed young people aged 16-24 with a job opportunity for six months. Since it launched in 2012, almost 15,000 job vacancies were filled through the programme, with a further 2,365 filled by March 2017.