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Role for us all in tackling mental health stigma

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Rhun ap Iorwerth outlines action for improving services

More talking therapies and extra funding for child and adolescent mental health services are needed if we are to give people with mental health problems the support they need, Plaid Cymru’s Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Care Rhun ap Iorwerth has said.

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Russia and Syria Must Face War Crimes Investigation

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Plaid Cymru’s Westminster leader, Hywel Williams MP, has called for the perpetrators of the repeated bombing of civilians, hospitals and aid convoys should be brought before the International Criminal Court (ICC).

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Welsh Government fails to employ a single apprentice

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Plaid calls on government to set a good example

The Welsh Government failed to employ a single apprentice last year, despite a manifesto pledge calling for 100,000 apprenticeships in Wales.

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Improving the mental health and well-being of young people must be moved up the political agenda

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On Mental Health Awareness Day, Plaid Cymru Leader Leanne Wood writes about how mental health needs to be prioritised. This article first appeared in the Western Mail. 

On Mental Health Awareness Day, it is worth reflecting on how far we have come from the days in which a mental illness would often confine people to a secure institution, sometimes for years at a time.

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Secretary of State guilty of “smears and insinuation”

Following the comments made by the Secretary of State in last night’s Question Time programme, Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood said:

“Not only is the Secretary of State for Wales distorting history with smears and insinuation, he is also in denial over the divisive rhetoric coming from numerous voices in his own Tory party.

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Cross-party statement on resisting the Tories' toxic politics

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Below is a joint statement signed by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, the Leader of Plaid Cymru Leanne Wood, and Caroline Lucas and Jonathan Bartley, the co-leaders of the Green Party calling for progressive parties to work together to resist the ‘Tories' toxic politics’.

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Leanne Wood presses to protect “world class” vascular surgery in Ysbyty Gwynedd

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Plaid Cymru resists centralisation of key surgery

Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood has challenged the First Minister on his government’s proposals to remove vascular surgery from Ysbyty Gwynedd. Leanne Wood said that the service at Ysbyty Gwynedd was recognised as one of the best in the world, and warned of the knock-on effects of removing the service from Ysbyty Gwynedd and forcing patients to travel to Ysbyty Glan Clwyd for treatment.

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Make car parking free in Welsh towns

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There should be free parking in Welsh towns in order to keep our town centres bustling, Plaid Cymru will say today (Wednesday October 5th 2016). Plaid Cymru Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Local Government Sian Gwenllian will call on the Welsh Government to set up a new fund to enable local authorities and community groups to offer free car parking in towns throughout Wales to support local shops and businesses.

Sian Gwenllian said that Wales has more empty shops on its high streets than the rest of the UK, and said that the Welsh Government should recognise the need to support the high street in order to keep it as a vibrant economic hub.

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Government adopts Plaid Cymru proposals to retain 22 local authorities

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But plans need to integrate health and social care to create seamless service

Responding to the Welsh Government’s statement on Local Government reform, Plaid Cymru Shadow Cabinet Member for Local Government Sian Gwenllian said:

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Plaid hits out at UK Government for 'holding NHS staff to ransom'

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Plaid Cymru Shadow Health Secretary Rhun ap Iorwerth AM has hit out at proposals unveiled today by the UK Government to end NHS England's reliance on medical staff from overseas, accusing Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt of "holding NHS staff to ransom."

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