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Morgan's mid-term focus on health
Rhodri Morgan
A Wales-wide roadshow will explain the assembly government's work
First Minister Rhodri Morgan has published his mid-term report on how many of its top 10 pledges the Welsh Assembly Government has achieved.

Halfway through its four years in office, he said the focus remained health, jobs, public services and making communities stronger and safer.

Opposition parties described it as "pure fantasy" and "Morgan's muddle".

A roadshow explaining the report and the assembly government's work will tour throughout Wales until 1 October.

Labour won a bare majority in the 60-member assembly in 2003, but is now having coming to terms with being a minority government.

Blaenau Gwent AM Peter Law left Labour when he stood against the party as an independent at the general election and became the MP for the same seat.

This has become an annual, ritualistic recital of Labour Party pledges from a first minister who has been found wanting time and time again
Conservative Nick Bourne

In his report, Mr Morgan listed the priorities the assembly government set itself in May 2003 and where it stood in achieving them.

He highlighted the extension of free bus travel for the over-60s and for disabled people, with a pilot scheme underway for half-price travel for 16-18- year-olds.

He said the assembly government was on course to make all prescriptions free, having cut them to 4 in April this year.

Rhodri Morgan
Opposition parties claim the report does not reflect Labour's record

He also said Labour had met its pledge to rule out top-up fees at Welsh universities for the remainder of this assembly term, as well as creating a 100m fund for fighting crime.

On the promise to provide free breakfasts for all primary school children, he said 44 schools had done it by this year's spring term. By 2007, all primary schools should be taking part.

He said: "We promised to scrap home care charges for disabled people. As previously announced, we will start a pilot scheme in some areas from the autumn."

Labour has produced more pilots than the Top Gun academy, but we see no real action
Mike German, Lib Dems

He said the assembly government had spent 18m on free swimming schemes, the only one at national level in Europe.

But Plaid Cymru assembly group leader Ieuan Wyn Jones called it a "desperate attempt to bolster an increasingly lame duck administration".

Mr Jones said: " Health has been an unmitigated failure for Labour with long hospital waiting lists making the health service in Wales a horror story for many Welsh patients.

"In the report the first minister makes much of the so-called second offer scheme but the truth is that, despite the scheme, the government is still missing its targets by huge margins."

Conservative assembly group leader Nick Bourne called it "fantasy island politics," and an insult to people's intelligence.

He said: "One in 10 people are still waiting for NHS treatment, students and universities are in limbo because of Labour's confusion over top-up fees, rural services have fallen into further decline, and millions of pounds are being wasted on pet projects and gimmicks.

"This has become an annual, ritualistic recital of Labour Party pledges from a first minister who has been found wanting time and time again.

'Roll of dishonour'

Mike German, Liberal Democrat assembly leader, said Mr Morgan was "content to stay on cruise control instead of making things happen".

"Labour has produced more pilots than the Top Gun academy, but we see no real action.


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