Welsh Labour Government Health Secretary Vaughan Gething has been challenged about senior NHS Wales staff who are leaving Wales to get better treatment fopr their families in England
The Welsh Labour Government’s Health Minister Vaughan Gething (AM for Cardiff South and Penarth) is on the receiving end, this weekend, of yet more criticism of the way he runs – or attempts to run – the NHS in Wales.
The former Secretary of State for Wales David Jones has now told The Sunday Times it was an “error” by the [Labour] UK Government to devolve health policy to the Welsh Assembly in Cardiff Bay – where, ever since the Assembly was established, it’s been under the incompetent control of the Labour Party.
Former Secretary for Wales David Jones Conservative MP for Clwyd West
David Jones blames the Welsh Labour Government – and by implication the less than impressive Vaughan Gething – for what he describes as “a very, very bad” situation.
Mr Jones, who is Conservative MP for Clwyd West, told The Sunday Times “I see no reason why my constituents, who pay their taxes at the same rate as anybody else, shouldn’t get exactly the same service as anybody else – and if the Welsh Government is incapable of producing that then it seems to me that there’s something wrong with the system”
Aiming a kick at Welsh Health Minister Gething – who hopes to succeed the much-criticised Carwyn Jones as First Minister – David Jones said “The whole issue of devolution of heath in Wales is deeply regrettable” .
Top NHS Wales officer Professor Siobhan McLelland is leaving Wales to get better NHS treatment for her husband in England
It’s now emerged that a top NHS Wales official – Professor Siobhan McClelland – is moving to England to live after “losing faith” in the ability of the NHS in Wales to treat her husband – who suffers from prostate cancer.
Professor McClelland is the second Welsh NHS boss to leave Wales to seek better treatment in England. She says “We have put our house on the market and are planning to move”. She says “We have lost confidence and trust in the healthcare system in Wales”.
Like former Secretary for Wales David Jones, she too aims her criticism at the Welsh Labour Government and the hapless Vaughan Gething. Professor McCelland says “We have a void in the Welsh Government where robust and rigorous innovative health policy should be made”.
He’s behind you: In the Welsh Assembly this week Vaughan Gething kept his back to Plaid Cymru health spokesman as he was quizzed about Welsh NHS official Professor McLelland’s decision to leave Wales to get better treatment for her husband in England
Plaid Cymru Health spokesman Rhun ap Iorwerth delivered a withering critique of Gething’s NHS mis-management
Plaid Cymru’s health spokesman Rhun ap Iorwerth also put the boot into Vaughan Gething on the matter in a question-and-answer session in the Welsh Assembly earlier this week .
Rhun ap Iorwerth reminded Gething – who kept his back to his questioner – that Professor McLelland had said “There is neither capacity nor capability in Welsh Government to be making really good health policy.’
Rhun ap Iorweth told Gething that Professor McClelland’s comments had amounted to “as damning an indictment as you could hear of your running of the NHS” .
Vaughan Gething said he was sorry the professor had had cause to complain about her husband’s NHS treatment
In an unconvincing performance, a faltering Gething admitted Professor McClelland had been right about the inadequate treatment her husband had received in the Welsh NHS.
Vaughan Gething said “I am, of course, sorry that Professor McClelland has cause—and, from the statement made by the health board, good cause—to complain about the care that her husband has received.”
But then went on to say that he “didn’t accept “ Professor McLelland’s criticism and added that an OECD review of the Health Service in Wales “did not suggest that there was a system-wide problem, as described by Professor McClelland.”