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Elin Jones AM fights to improve dentistry services in Ceredigion

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Elin Jones AM has responded to reports by the British Dental Association Wales that access to NHS Dentists in Ceredigion is at capacity, and that patients are at a loss trying to find an NHS dentist.

In April 2019, BDA Wales conducted a survey of all dental practices in Wales to determine access to NHS dentistry. Of the 7 practices in Ceredigion, none were accepting NHS Children or NHS children and young people with learning disabilities. There are also no practices accepting NHS adults, and none are accepting charge exempt NHS patients. Currently, all practices in Ceredigion are unable to treat any new NHS patients. However, the BDA also highlighted that in 2019, 86% of practices in Ceredigion were accepting private patients. This is higher than the average of 77%.

Responding, Elin Jones AM, said:

“Access to NHS dentists is now at breaking point in Ceredigion, and the way in which the NHS allocates funding for this service needs to be addressed urgently.

“While many of the Dental practices in Ceredigion may have the resources, they are unable to take on any new NHS patients due to the way the contract with the Welsh Government caps NHS patient numbers. If a practice sees more patients than their contract allows they do not get paid for the work and their business is penalised.

“It seems that practices are wary of taking on new NHS patients, not only because of this restrictive target, but also because new patients can often be high need and dentists do not get paid additional sums for a complex restoration in a single course of treatment.

“Meanwhile, I am also hearing of people struggling to get appointments for NHS dental services, and appointments being pushed back, sometimes months.

“The way in which the service is commissioned in Ceredigion needs to be urgently addressed, and I will be raising the urgency of that point with the Health Minister.”

Plaid Cymru AM and GP, Dr Dai Lloyd, who also chairs the National Assembly for Wales’s Health Committee said:

“Paying someone the same amount to deliver a course of treatment on a patient regardless of the amount of work involved makes little sense.

“These figures confirm that the current NHS contract arrangements for dentists simply aren’t working. The low number of practices taking on new NHS patients and the variation between different parts of Wales is a significant concern – people are not receiving the services that they need.

“The National Assembly’s Health Committee believes it is time to end the current arrangements and find a new way of making sure everyone in Wales has access to quality dental services regardless of where they are.”

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Theatr Felinfach Performing School presents CAMAU

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OVER the past few months enthusiastic members of Theatr Felinfach Performing School have been developing new skills through a series of masterclasses with Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru.

The members have been busy creating material through scripting, directing, choreography, clog dancing, folk dancing and much more. All their hard work will be shown in their ‘CAMAU’ (steps) performance on Monday 28 October, 7:00pm at Theatr Felinfach. This is your chance to see the fruits of their labour!

The Performing School was established in January 2017 and has now grown into a very popular group. It’s a great opportunity for 7-18 years olds to gain new experiences in theatre skills through the medium of Welsh and to make new friends who share the same passion for performing.

This year two trips were organized for members of the Performing School. In June, the group visited the ‘Lexicon’ show by the UK’s leading large-scale circus company ‘NoFitState’ in Bluestone, Narberth. The audience was amazed at the performers’ talents and agility and seeing the children’s faces was invaluable.

Later in July, the group visited ‘Chores’ at Aberystwyth Arts Centre, a production organised by Cluster Arts, an Australian company. The story was about two young boys playing in their mess of a room where they began using their acrobatic skills to sort out the carnage. The show was inspired by ‘slapstick’ legends Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin.

Theatr Felinfach hopes to continue taking members to see various shows and productions to give them the opportunity to experience professional theatre.

The Performing School meet each Thursday evening – the primary members (7-11 years) from 4:30pm to 5:30pm and the older members (12-18 years) from 5:30pm to 7:00pm.

Membership fees are every half term and range between £30 and £35 depending on the age of the members.

If you would like more information about the Performing School and how to become a member in the new year, please contact sioned.thomas@ceredigion.gov.uk or call 01570 470697.

Tickets for ‘CAMAU’ are £6 for adults, £5 for OAPs and theatre members and £4 for students and Children. They’re available from the Box Office on 01570 470697 or online at theatrfelinfach.cymru.

 

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New plaque unveiled at Cardigan War Memorial to honour three fallen soldiers from Cardigan

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A NEW plaque was unveiled at Cardigan War Memorial to honour three fallen soldiers from Cardigan. The plaque was unveiled during a public Commemoration and Dedication Service on 12 October.

The plaque commemorates Michael J. Dunphy who gave his life in the 1982 Falklands War and Lee T. Davies and David M.E. Greenhalgh who gave their lives in the 2001-2015 conflict in Afghanistan. The plaque was unveiled by Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Dyfed, Miss Sara Edwards.

Councillor Paul Hinge is Ceredigion County Council’s Armed Forces Champion. He said: “It was an honour and privilege to welcome everyone to the Service of Commemoration and Dedication, not only as a son of Cardigan, but as a veteran myself and Ceredigion County Council’s Armed Forces Champion.

“The three fallen soldiers of Cardigan, Michael Dunphy, Lee Davies and Dave Greenhalgh paid the ultimate sacrifice and their names are now immortalised on Cardigan War Memorial honouring their sacrifice.

“It was a privilege to work with all stakeholders involved in planning the day including the families, regiments, Cardigan Town Council and Ceredigion County Council officers. We were delighted with the strong attendance on Saturday which was a testament to how important this Commemoration is to all concerned. It was a fitting tribute to the fallen soldiers of Cardigan.”

 

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Wales Audit Office report shows council finances are well managed

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CEREDIGION County Council has approved the statement of accounts following a report from the Wales Audit Office. The report shows a positive performance of the council’s financial management.

In a council meeting, the Chairman of the council’s Audit Committee, Councillor Rowland Rees-Evans welcomed an unqualified report and acknowledged the work of all staff for ensuring that the council ended the year with a balanced budget.

Councillor Gareth Lloyd is the Cabinet member responsible for Finance. He said: “I am delighted that we have approved accounts showing good financial management. This is crucial in a very difficult financial climate after years of cuts to our budgets. We will continue to carefully plan our finances to provide the best possible services for Ceredigion residents in the future.”

The council’s accounts are reviewed by the Wales Audit Office every year to make sure that they show a true and fair view. They also make sure that they have been properly prepared with legislative requirements.

The statement of accounts has been published and can be viewed in the Canolfan Rheidol office in Aberystwyth or online via https://www.ceredigion.gov.uk/your-council/budgets-finance/statement-of-accounts/.

 

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