Penarth’s Conservative Assembly Member, Andrew R T Davies, has dismissed as “laughable” the Welsh Labour Government’s latest claims of “record investment” in the National Health Service .
Davies – who is Leader of the Conservatives in the Welsh Assembly and an AM for South Wales Central – which includes Penarth – has accused Labour ministers in Cardiff Bay of being “in denial” over the state of the Welsh NHS.
Deputy Health Minister, Vaughan Gething, (Labour AM for Cardiff South and Penarth) has issued the release which claimed that Welsh Labour Government has made “record investment” in the NHS and is helping people to live “healthier lives”.
Davies says Gething’s claims simply don’t stack up. Speaking in the Vale of Glamorgan Andrew R T Davies, said “This self-praising Welsh Labour Government is the first in the history of the NHS to end its term of office with lower spending in real terms than when it came to office.”
He went on to say “Residents in the Vale of Glamorgan will rightly ask who is responsible for controlling the finances in the Welsh Government? Unfortunately, they do not have to look very far to see it is their local assembly member [Jane Hutt Labour AM for the Vale Glamorgan] who has starved the Welsh NHS of a billion pounds since 2011.”
Davies says “If Labour Ministers want to claim responsibility for the achievements of our hardworking NHS workforce, they should also accept their responsibility for doubling the number of people on NHS waiting lists; failing to meet emergency care and other key targets; and depriving cancer patients of the treatments they need.”
Davies added “Residents in the Vale of Glamorgan will not be fooled, Labour’s record on the NHS is proof that they are just not up to the job.”