Penarth Assembly Member Vaughan Gething (Labour Cardiff South and Penarth) is now totally in charge of of Health in Wales - moving up from Deputy Health Minister

Penarth Assembly Member Vaughan Gething (Labour Cardiff South and Penarth) is now totally in charge of Health in Wales – moving up from Deputy Health Minister

The National Health Service in Wales is now entirely in the hands of Vaughan Gething, the Labour Assembly Member for Cardiff South and Penarth who has been promoted tonight to Health Secretary.

Gething- a lawyer by profession and formerly Deputy Health Secretary – replaces former Health Secretary Mark Drakeford who is moved to Finance in the new Cardiff Bay ministerial line up which was announced this evening.

Welsh Government's new Chief Whip and Leader of the House Jane Hutt (Labour Vale of Glamorgan)

Jane Hutt (Labour Vale of Glamorgan)

Vale of Glamorgan  Labour AM Jane Hutt is being moved from Finance to become Chief Whip and Leader of the House.

Ken Skates becomes Economy and Transport minister,

Kirsty Williams (Lib Dem Brecon and Radnor) has been given ministerial office

Kirsty Williams (Lib Dem Brecon and Radnor) has been given ministerial office

The only surviving Liberal Democrat in the Assembly, Kirsty Williams (Brecon and Radnor) is to get the job of Education Secretary.

Williams rallied to the support of the Labour Party when it was short of sufficient seats in the Assembly to form a government.  Her acceptance of her new position is subject to the agreement of her Lib Dems.

Penarth's Conservative AM  Andrew R T Davies

Penarth’s Conservative AM Andrew R T Davies

Penarth AM Andrew R T Davies who is leader of the Conservative Party in Wales said “That Kirsty Williams is now joining Labour’s magic roundabout, which she has spent the last five years railing against, is astounding and shows how elastic her principles really are.”

Yesterday Plaid Cymru announced it would also support the Labour Party – thus retaining Labour in power and enabling a Labour government to be formed for the 5th Assembly.

The Labour Party, the Lib Dems and Plaid Cymru all vehemently deny that their tri-partite arrangement is a coalition or anything like a coalition – but political observers say that, in effect, that’s exactly what it is.

Amongst other appointments Alun Davies is now the Minister for Lifelong Learning and the  Welsh language.

Carwyn Jones – who after a week’s delay was finally “allowed” (Plaid Cymru’s word) to resume his seat as First Minister – said the new team would be “taking Wales forward over the next 5 years”. He said “My relentless focus, and that of my Cabinet and Ministers, will be on driving improvement in our economy and in the vital public services that the people of Wales rely on every day.”


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  1. Paul says:

    His previous career as a solicitor will have given him a great insight into medicine and how to manage it I have no doubt

  2. Christopher David says:

    Carwyn and Gething. Lets wait and see. My prediction is a disaster on all fronts. If I’m wrong and they wipe out the budget deficit, bring Welsh GDP up to UK average and make the Welsh NHS efficient and – lets say as good as France, i.e. just average stuff, I’ll take Lindsay and Rapier out for a curry and a shandy all on me. Chaps wanna a bet? if not well be my guest anyway.

    • Lindsay says:

      No thanks

    • You kip at your peril says:

      AMs don’t determine how good Wales’ economy and public services are, it’s down to businesses and workers. We are heavily subsidised by tax payers in Sotuh East England. If we want to stand on our feet, we’ll have to be smarter, work harder and become more productive.

  3. Frank Evans says:

    Time to buy a bigger house, jackpot

    • The Tax payer says:

      Why would he want to buy a new house when he now has a nice view over the bay paid for by the Vale Council 👍

  4. Taffy says:

    Vaughan appointment is a disaster. He demonstrated little understanding of health or social care in his Deputy role and has no earlier experience which might save the day

  5. cariad says:

    What has the Labour run Welsh Assembly done for Wales, nothing that I can see, they have made a complete mess of things in the last 17years, Cardiff Airport, the land they sold for less than it was worth and the NHS,. now we have to put up with them for another 5 years not good.

    • hopenotnasty says:

      Doom and gloom. May I remind readers that Penarth and Cardiff are rated very highly for the best place to live in the UK.
      We are very lucky in Wales that Welsh Labour has not followed England in part privatising the NHS. You can be sure that if change comes this would be a priority for the Tories and UKIP maybe even PURPLE PLAID after snuggling up to Neil Hamilton.

      I can just envisage someone holding brown envelopes at the entrance to Llandough hospital charging for using the services.

      • Kevin Mahoney says:

        You clearly missed the privatisation of the NHS cleaning services under labour or don’t cleaners count i your eyes.

        You also appear to have forgotten the large increase in private agency nurses under labour.

        The large increase in private sector doctors covering out of hours calls.

        Don’t let the facts colour your (labour) rose tinted glasses too much you’ll only get upset when you realise what the labour party have been getting up to under your nose

      • hopenotnasty says:

        Twiddle the privatisation you have mentioned is minuscule compared to England. As you are probably aware NHS England is being legally abolished by the Tories. Upto 40% of contracts are gong to private firms. Private providers are obviously cherry picking lucrative services to boost their profits leaving NHS England with less money to provide comprehensive care.

        As long as we have a Welsh Labour government who believe if your First Minister or Homeless the care you receive will be the same. No profiting out of the sick, I’ll and disabled.

  6. Christopher David says:

    Promotion and postings in Wales aren’t done on merit. It’s all about where you are in the old boys n gals queue. We only get the lightweights anyway. Anyone with talent goes to London. We need a new political system where MP’s actually have to serve their constituency instead of practising climbing the greasy pole for their own benefit in Westmonster (sic) and political appointments are made on real merit and experience. The problem is that given the structure we have, people aren’t going into politics because they want to help in a professional manner. Individuals do it for self interest. They can be professional schoolboy politicians like Cameron at al or people with no skills that match what’s required in prime sectors. However to block people with no particular merit is anti democratic and skilled people like medical professionals aren’t interested as they are doing jobs of real importance. So we end up with 1.700 or more politicos + regional councillors and we still have NHS, education etc structures that are filing in many areas…..and potholes. Ain’t easy.

    • hopenotnasty says:

      A couple of years back I would agree the best politician would bypass the assembly and head off to London. Times are changing Sadiq Khan, London Mayor, Andy Burnham just announced he will be a candidate for Mayor of Manchester and Huw Iranca. Davies who gave up being an MP to become an AM at Cardiff bay. Watch 2021 for new First Minister.
      Oh assuming yet another Welsh Labour government.

  7. Martin Coffee says:

    How on earth can a lawyer run a health service? They political people are so arrogant.

  8. foxyman59 says:

    No Doctor in the Assembly to be Health Secretary ?? How can they give it to an ex Solicitor obviously could not Hack it in the Real World … so they Go to “Willy Wonka’s” Factory in the Bay …they are all a Joke … I could do that job for £70k ++ a year … with 6 weeks holiday & all expenses … & a nice pension to … Sign me up !!!

    • hopenotnasty says:

      Join a political party and stand in the elections every five years putting your views forward. Vaughan Gethin nearly had a 7000 majority. See if you can do better.

  9. Andrew sarchus says:

    Hope surely your not suggesting getting a majority vote is an indication of ability, or honesty, or public commitment? The starting point of failure in your statement is “join a political party” That’s one of the major problems. Political allegiance.

  10. Andrew sarchus says:

    Well that would take up far more space than we have here. But for starters I generally prefer to seek an independent if a good one is available. You have made one major mistake in your assertion. Party politics is NOT about selecting the best candidate for the job- in fact often the reverse.

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