Health Secretary Vaughan Gething (Labour AM for Cardiff South and Penarth) at a Breast Cancer awareness launch

Health Secretary Vaughan Gething (Labour AM for Cardiff South and Penarth) preparing for a  Breast Cancer Awareness launch coming up on October 21st

Cardiff South and Penarth AM Vaughan Gething – who’s the Welsh Labour Government’s Health Secretary – has told Welsh Assembly’s Health watchdog body that he can’t appear before them to answer their questions until mid-November.

The Assembly’s Health, Social Care and Sport Committee Committee is holding an searching inquiry into how just how well-prepared – or otherwise – the Welsh NHS is this year for the coming winter.

Committee members say they are “disappointed” that Health Secretary Gething is not prepared to appear before them to answer questions for another four weeks.

The chair of the committee –  Dr Dai Lloyd – said he wanted Gething to submit to a grilling much earlier than that  – because the committee is charged with  finding out how prepared the Welsh NHS is for the coming winter.

Conservative health committee member  – Angela Burns –  said “This enormous delay does mean that any report we produce is going to be pretty ineffectual this time around,”

She regards Gething’s stalling as deeply regrettable” . The Labour-controlled Welsh Government  claims it is ” not possible” to get an earlier date in Vaughan Gething’s diary . November 17th is the first date on which he’s free.

Plaid Cymru AM Dr Lloyd said: “I was slightly disappointed –  and the committee was slightly disappointed  – that the health secretary couldn’t turn up as part of the review until 17 November. It was an issue of work pressure on his part and really we have no choice but to accept that.”



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  1. Taffy says:

    Gething is a disgrace. I said at the time of his appointment he was not up to the job and here he is avoiding accountability in the lead up to the winter pressures. Those of us who try to manage these pressures and the elderly will feel let down.

  2. 249ers says:

    Why is a busy man a disgrace? Maybe his diary could be managed better or maybe the committee could have asked him earlier.

  3. Taffy says:

    249ers has as little regard for those dependent of the State

  4. Frank Evans says:

    The man looks like a clown.

  5. Frank Evans says:

    How could any of his advisors let him be photographed wearing that stuff. Does he take home his ministerial papers put on the pink top hat and look out from his million pound house, willie wonka style, thinking how he can plot to be first minister.

    • AK says:

      If you look at the boards behind him, and the rosette he is wearing, it should be blindingly obvious (even to the less intelligent contributors of this forum) why we was dressed as he is in that photograph.

      • Peter Church says:

        if he was promoting a safer sex campaign would you suggest he dresses up in a condom suite?

  6. Mgg says:

    Just when was he asked to appear ? Lets say they asked at beginning of October .whatever one may think of politicians its fantasy to think you can arrange this appointment in two or three weeks .surely such a situation should have been booked way back in June or July ? As in say
    whatever you may think of Mr Gething I don’t think he is in the wrong here

    • Paul says:

      Why? What’s he dong that’s more important? He’s great at selfies and Twitter but useless at being responsible for anything

  7. RetailGuru says:

    The Health Service in Wales is very poorly… this meeting should have been planned way ahead of the date and Mr Gething should make himself available for it. Once again though, whilst travelling around in his chauffeur-driven vehicle, he isn’t stepping up to the mark.

  8. Chris Franks says:

    Let’s take advantage of the extra time and submit specific questions to the Committee. Meanwhile thanks to Plaid there is to be a £20 million increase in the mental health budget.

  9. Penarthal says:

    Will Mr. Gething be supporting Movember this year? The “pink” charities get massive press coverage, but very little for prostate and testicular cancers.

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