The Welsh Labour Government’s Deputy Health Minister Vaughan Gething has said in an election flyer distributed in his home town of Penarth that “NHS Wales isn’t perfect, and where the it needs to improve we will act” (sic) .
The somewhat mangled claim has come in a publication called “Labour News Cardiff South and Penarth Election Edition “. Last night children on scooters were being used to deliver it .
In the flyer, Penarth resident Vaughan Gething – who is Assembly candidate for Cardiff South and Penarth and technically continues to hold his job as Deputy Health Minister until Thursday – claims “NHS Wales is as least as good as in England” .
But Gething’s misgivings about the state of the NHS in Wales – which he is partially responsible for running – were also endorsed by his boss – Welsh Labour Government First Minister Carwyn Jones in Wrexham yesterday – who said the NHS was “on the ballot paper“ on Thursday and admitted “We know the health service has faced some challenges, in North Wales in particular.”
[ PDN Note: The notorious Betsi Cadwaladr NHS Health Trust was placed in “special measures” in June last year – and is still in them. Across Wales NHS waiting lists are growing as are ambulance response times]
Andrew R T Davies, the leader of the Welsh Conservatives (who is contesting the South Wales Central constituency which includes Penarth) says: “Labour’s management of the NHS proves they’re not up to the job. The election this Thursday presents voters with their best opportunity in nearly two decades to deliver new leadership for Wales, and secure a strong, properly-funded NHS backed up by a strong economy. With Labour only one seat from losing power, a new start for our NHS is within reach. The Welsh Conservatives are the only party to have made a manifesto commitment to safeguard the NHS budget and to increase spending on health services each and every year during the Assembly term.”