The familiar chaotic scenes outside the Emergency Unit at the Ubniversity Hospital at the Heath in Cardiff – which comes under the Cardiff and Vale Health Board and ultimately under Labour Health Minister Vaughan Gething – AM for Cardiff South and Penarth

The Welsh Labour Government, notorious for having slashed spending on the NHS in Wales, is now struggling to explain the latest scandal  – a 10-hour  ambulance wait suffered by a Vale of Glamorgan pensioner  who was lying in agony on the floor of her home last Sunday with a broken hip.

Health Minister Vaughan Gething (Labour AM for Cardiff South and Penarth) is in overall charge of the NHS in Wales –

The Welsh Labour Health Minister – in charge of the NHS in Wales – is the beleagurered Vaughan Gething – AM for Cardiff South and Penarth

The story of the injured pensioner (who despite the pleas of her family wasn’t taken to hospital until the following morning)  emerged in yesterday’s questions to the First Minister Carwyn Jones.

The First Minister  was challenged about the case by  Conservative Leader Andrew RT Davies (Conservative South Wales Central – which includes Penarth).

Conservative Leader Andrew R T Davies (Conservative South Wales Central which includes Penarth) asks Labour First Minister Carwyn Jones about the “extreme waits” suffered by patients in the Labour run NHS in Wales

Mr Davies raised the issue of what he called “extreme waits” for ambulances which have endured by Welsh NHS patients.He quoted examples of  “a gentleman in Dinas Powys, who waited 16 hours to receive an ambulance” , a Swansea woman whose ambulance turned up 20 hours late and – on Sunday –  a lady in Cowbridge lying on the floor of her home with a broken hip for “ten and a half hours” .

First Minister Carwyn Jones was asked by Mr Davies “What measures are you putting in place to address those deeply distressing wait times that families, patients and, indeed, the paramedics and operators of the ambulance service have to deal with?

AMs found other things on their lap-tops to claim their attention whilst First Minister Carwyn Jones attempted to respond to questions about the  latest ambulance delays

Labour AMs quickly became pre-occupied with whatever was on the lap-top screens  as Carwyn Jones made the cringe-worthy statement-of-the-obvious that – when there were ambulance delays –  “there will be occasions where some people are affected adversely” . He  went on to say such cases needed to be looked at very carefully and investigated, and “lessons learned” from such examples.

Carwyn Jones  then however then however appeared to blame NHS doctors for the delays by saying the ambulance response times model was devised by clinicians. It is designed to ensure that those who are most in need of an ambulance get an ambulance.” and  went on to claim that “ ambulance response times have improved greatly over the past few months”.

During the exchange the Welsh Labour Government Health Minister Vaughan Gething remained in his front-bench seat.

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  1. Philip Rapier says:

    Here in case you missed it is what a Hospital in Teresa May’s Constituency – just 2..5 miles from her front door- did about the “the deeply distressing” mess the Tories have created of the English NHS They scrounged free “manual” workers from the St. Johns volunteers.

    From the Independent 4 Jan 18-(Can’t blame the snow can she!)
    “A hospital “on Theresa May’s doorstep” called in the services of first aiders from St John Ambulance to free up staff time by helping in its emergency department.
    Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust, which is just 2.5 miles from the village of Sonning where the Prime Minister has her constituency home, told The Independent the volunteers were not used for clinical care.”
    “The trust did not comment on why it had used St John Ambulance volunteers in this case and Shadow Health Minister Justin Madders said their being drafted in on the PM’s doorstep was “shocking”.
    “This comes in a week when the NHS told trusts they should cancel tens of thousands of elective operations, and many more appointments, to protect urgent care services.”

    • Mark Foster says:

      Rapier, you haven’t told us whether you get treatment with a politicians’ health service or whether you have a local NHS GP in Penarth

  2. Big Davey says:

    NHS Managers and Admin should get off their arses and from behind their desks and get down the A&E to help.

  3. Adam Mathews says:

    Thanks Davey. There’s always room for well thought out constructive comments on here.

  4. Jean Thomas says:

    Use some of the empty properties in Penarth as short stay accommodation, whilst homes are being adapted, or care packages are put into place so that bed blockers can go back home. Have a walk in centre for small “emergencies” in Penarth town centre to free up A & E and ambulances

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