The hapless Labour AM for Cardiff South and Penarth, Vaughan Gething has come in for yet more criticism for his running of the National Health Service in Wales … this time from the Welsh Auditor General
Gething who is “Cabinet Secretary for Health” in the Welsh Labour Government – and who hopes to be elected First Minister of Wales – is being blamed for fir a substantial increase in the number of people waiting for follow-up hospital outpatient appointments.
A report by the Auditor General for Wales says urgent action is needed with the number of patients now having to wait twice as long as they should – increasing by 55% to around 200,000.
Penarth’s Conservative AM Andrew RT Davies (South Wales Central) says “This is another troubling and scathing report from the Auditor General on Welsh Labour’s NHS failings.”
“Labour have been in charge of the Welsh NHS for nearly two decades, and these latest figures sadly show that patients across South Wales are suffering at the hands of the inabiollity of the Cabinet Secretary [Vaughan Gething] to manage a vital public service.”
Mr Davies says “The Auditor General says urgent action is needed in the Welsh NHS with the number of patients waiting twice as long as they should be, increasing by a scandalous 55%, – but sadly Vaughan Gething doesn’t have his eye on the ball – focusing more on his personal ambitions than on running the Welsh NHS.”
“Patients across South Wales deserve a far better service and the blame for this ever-worsening situation lies firmly at the door of Labour’s Health Secretary.”
Meanwhile Health Secretary Gething has issued details of a visit he made to Redlands GP surgery in Penarth last week where he was announcing a project to integrate NHS health and social care and to “bring care closer to home”.
Ironically, the announcement does not mention that Redlands GP Surgery – where the minister posed for photographs with Cardiff and Vale Health Board officials and visitors – is due to be closed under his plans to concentrate GP facilities at a planned new Health Centre – called a “Well-Being Hub” – to be built at Penarth Leisure Centre in Cogan.
Gething said “we have set out the need to truly transform the way we deliver care to ensure it is sustainable in the future. This will require better integration of health and social services to reduce reliance on hospitals and deliver care closer to home.”.
…However those who live close to the Redlands Road surgery, will take little comfort from the Vaughan Gething’s announcement – and in future will find their new GP surgery is going to be a lot further from their homes than it is now .