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.”