The performance of the Labour-Party-dominated Cardiff and Vale University Health Board – which runs the NHS services in Penarth, Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan – is getting steadily worse according to figures compiled by the BBC.
The Cardiff and Vale Health Board – which runs the Heath Hospital in Cardiff and Llandough Hospital plus all NHS doctor’s surgeries in the area – compares badly with most of the other 6 health boards in Wales in terms of both Accident and Emergency services and also in Planned Operations and Treatment.
In yet again missing its Accident and Emergency targets, the Cardiff and Vale Health Board came only in a lowly 4th position in rankings of the 7 health boards in Wales.
In its Planned Operations and Care the Cardiff and Vale Board fared even worse and could only come in 5th place out of the 7 Health Boards in Wales.
Not once in the last 5 years has the Cardiff and Vale Health Board met its targets for Accident and Emergency and Planned Operations.
In the House of Commons this week in a debate on the Health Service, Stephen Doughty the Labour MP for Cardiff South and Penarth accused the Prime Minister of being “willing at every opportunity to attempt to smear the Welsh [ Labour-run] NHS”.
Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt reminded Doughty and the other Labour MPs that – under Labour – the NHS in Wales [which is the responsibility of Welsh Labour Government Health Minister Vaughan Gething (Labour AM for Cardiff South and Penarth)] had not met its targets since 2008.
Hunt asked whose fault wasit that in the Labour-run NHS in Wales, one patient in every six had to wait too long for Accident and Emergency treatment ?
He also asked whose fault it was that people in Wales were 9 times more likely to have to wait too long for their NHS test results compared with patients in England?
Hunt said from 2011, funding for the NHS in England went up by 15.6% but in Wales the Welsh Labour Government had chosen to increase funding by only 8% .
Even though this was a Labour-initiated debate, Doughty did not attempt a second intervention.