Vaughan Gething (Labour AM for Cardiff South and Penarth) is responsible for running the NHS in Wales

In uncompromising language, Penarth Labour AM Vaughan Gething – the Welsh Labour Government’s beleaguered Health Minister – has been told to “pull his finger out”  .

Tina Donnelly

Gething – said by some to have ambitions to succeed Carwyn Jones as Labour Leader  in Wales – is coming in for criticism because the NHS in Wales ( for which he is responsible) is not being provided with the necessary funding .

The Welsh Director of the Royal College of Nursing , Tina Donnelly, has said politicians must find a better way of financing the NHS if it is to continue to meet demand.

Ms Donnelly says nurses have been left feeling that they are unable to fulfil their duty of care and has warned that they could quit – leaving the NHS without enough staff.

Conservative AM for South Wales Central Andrew RT Davies

Welsh Conservative leader Andrew RT Davies ( AM for South Wales Central which includes Penarth)  said: “We know there’s spiralling demand within the Welsh NHS, if we don’t have the staff to meet the demand waiting times will increase.”.

Today Mr Davies is reported to have called on Welsh Labour Health Minister Vaughan Gething to “pull his finger out and get on top of this”.

The Welsh Labour Government says there are currently  29,345 nurses, midwives and health visitors in the NHS in Wales – but Ms Donnelly is calling for a review of NHS staffing  to  “make sure staff are not put under relentless pressure so that they leave”.

Ms Donnelly says the bottom line is that the NHS will cease to exist if there aren’t sufficient staff to meet the demand .

Vaughan Gething has said that the number of staff employed “will fluctuate over the year as nurses retire and new graduates come into the system, but health boards are reporting more nurses joining the profession than leaving, with overall numbers continuing to increase.”.

Even though the Welsh Labour Government is entirely responsible for the NHS in Wales, and cut its funding, Gething – like all Welsh Labour ministers blames what he calls the UK Government’s “Eight years of UK government austerity”.

The Prime Minister Theresa May however has pointed out that the NHS in Wales consistently misses its targets and it was the the Welsh Labour Government – not Westminster – that cut spending on the NHS in Wales [PDN Note: The Welsh Labour Government cut spending in real terms on the NHS in Wales by 3.6% between 2009-10 and 2012-13 ] 

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  1. Simon Brace says:

    And, of course, Davies is completely objective about this.

    • PB says:

      Of course he isn’t but only a sheep incapable of hearing criticism of the labour gang in the bay would think that Gething is doing a good job. Remember if it’s bad news it’s always down to Westminster Tories or if it’s good news then it’s down to devolved government and labour.who on earth did they blame when labour was in power?

  2. Chris David says:

    There’s far more to fixing the NHS than money. If money alone could fix it any fool could succeed- and the WG has plenty of fools.

    • Louise C says:

      Money is the issue right now, though. Cuts are damaging the service. Can ‘any fool’ find some spare cash to put into the NHS?

      • Chris David says:

        I beg to differ. It’s politically ravaged and grossly mismanaged. The procurement “team” is farcical and gest ripped of with ease. Waste is rife. It also overstretches itself by diversifying too far. That includes providing services to those that are not entitled. They’re too dumb to even run a national health and entitlement card. NHS should be for ill people.

      • Amy Mitton says:

        Can Chris David be more precise about the types of people currently being treated by the NHS who aren’t “ill”?

  3. Concerned says:

    Its not just the hospitals struggling. Primary care services collapsing in his home town might concentrate his efforts.

    • Chris David says:

      Naw Mx Mitton. Best you see a doctor- unless you’re one of those wanting free paracetamol for your hangover. I think I see someone with an axe to grind 🙂

      • Adam Mathews says:

        Did I just read Chris David being patronising about someone who may have “an axe to grind”? Talk about pots and kettles!

    • Chris David says:

      Naw that’s an ironmonger A Mathews- get a grip 🙂

  4. JohnPowell says:

    One of gething’s big failures is not dealing with davies’ opportunistic attacks.

  5. Penarthur says:

    He’s perfectly placed to take over from carwyn, they’re both useless self aggrandising windings.

  6. Philip Rapier says:

    Mr Gething enjoys the 100% confidence of the voters in Torfaen. He went door to door canvassing in freezing cold weather for my a Daughter in Law Emma– an NHS Nurse and Labour Candidate in the recent – February18 -Council Bye Election. The result Labour achieved more votes than all the other candidates put together.
    Please may we have some sensible non partisan debate on the NHS? Perhaps a little more of the moderate tone that we might expect from the Waitrose shopping, Chauffeur Driven, Political Class and Gentleman Farmers of Cowbridge.
    After all according to the WAG Website.”Andrew was born in Cowbridge and was educated at Llanfair Primary School, St John’s, Balfour House and Wycliffe College.”

    • Mark Foster says:

      Please tell us whether you and your fellow politicians use the standard NHS with a local GP or whether you have your own health service just for politicians.

  7. whatsoccurin says:

    Chris David has a fair point-pouring increasing amounts of money in is not the answer. I attended a joint training day with NHS staff in 2004 about their new “innovative” computer system, yet many surgeries still use card index systems, and the whole set up seems geared to staff rather than service users, unless you are the lady who always seems to be in my surgery demanding her “gluten free bread”!

    • Amy Mitton says:

      “….many surgeries still use card index systems”. Do they? Which surgeries are they?

    • A local GP says:

      I think you will find, Mr/Ms Whatsoccurin, that you are incorrect. 2004 is a very long time ago in medicine.

      • whatsoccurin says:

        yes it is history but it was the big NHS talking point at the time-a new computer system would contain all our details so that, for example if we were taken ill away from home, local medical staff could access our medical records-after the hype it all seemed to fizzle out, having mopped up a good few million of tax payer cash-don’t want to name the surgery but have seen the local one use a combination of computer and card index systems.

    • Lou says:

      So your contention that card index systems are still in use in “many” surgeries is based on casual observation in one surgery? Not very compelling evidence.

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