Vaughan Gething (Labour AM for Cardiff South and Penarth) is being accused of “taking his eye off the ball” – and concentrating on his Labour leadership bid instead of running the NHS properly

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.

The Auditor General’s excoriating report on NHS outpatients waiting lists in Wales

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.”

AM for South Wales Central Andrew RT Davies

“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.”

Don’t mention the closure” : All smiles for NHS Health Minister Vaughan Gething at the Redlands Road GP surgery in Penarth – …However Redlands Surgery is due to be shut down under Gething’s scheme  to build a single “Health Hub” for Penarth – in Cogan

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 .

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  1. Racist Mark (aka Mark Foster) says:

    Gething and these people are causing the needless deaths of many thousands of old people especially in Penarth but throughout Wales as well and it frankly amazes me that you won’t do anything about it.

  2. philip says:

    How can you actually ‘run’ anything when all you do is pose for photo ops?!?!

  3. David Day says:

    It’s not even just the queues, actually. It’s the extreme muddle of the whole system of management and administration: letters don’t arrive, you get text reminders for appointments you haven’t been told about in the first place, and so on, and so on. If all the patients died tomorrow at 9.00 am, the NHS Wales would keep going for another twenty years trying to deal with work it had created for itself through its own inefficiency. I know it’s complicated, big and too monolithic, but lots of other institutions are too and they don’t have this muddle, muddle, muddle culture. It needs to be broken down into smaller, nimble well-run privately owned (and free at the point of use) services.

  4. Alan Robinson says:

    It was bad enough having to go from Stanwell Road to Albert Road when they rebuilt Stanwell Surgery, and never offered a move back – but eventually everyone going to Cogan? How’s that going to work. Sublime to the ridiculous!

  5. What qualifications does Gething have to run the NHS?

    All I know is that Penarth has run out of flu jabs for the under 65s and there’ll be none until the end of the month.

  6. Peter Church says:

    Vaughan Gething is blamed for……(insert latest Welsh Labour scandal here)…..

  7. Andrew Worsley says:

    Well its unlikely Mr Gething uses the NHS himself , he will go to a private Doctor or Hospital if he ever needs one and ensure his close relatives do also. This is the same with MPs and Lords and Ladies, if all the private places were closed tomorrow then we would see an entirely different attitude , but they know they wont and as they feel protected everybody else can go to hell in a handcart.

  8. RacistMark (aka Mark Foster) says:

    Rather than spend your money on saving your lives, they spend it on Black History Month, asking questions like “is ‘Welshness’ is an inclusive concept?” – Get rid of them.

    “Description: As part of the celebration to mark BHM the Assembly is proud to host an exhibition delivered by the Ethnic Minorities & Youth Support Team Wales (EYST Wales) and Cardiff University. Wales has a diverse and rich past and is a multicultural country host to numerous races. With 4.7% of the population saying in 2018 that they are from a non – white background we are proud to take part in BHM and recognise, celebrate and value our BAME communities and the contribution they have made to the development of Wales. ‘Young, Migrant & Welsh’ curated by the Ethnic Minorities & Youth Support Team Wales (EYST Wales) aims to capture the experiences of young people from migratory backgrounds growing up in Wales. It explores concepts of belonging, identity and whether ‘Welshness’ is an inclusive concept. It also aims to break down misconceptions of the term ‘migrant’ and to reclaim it in a more positive context than current media discourses. #ItooamCardiff, is a student-led initiative highlighting the faces and voices of BAME (Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic) students at Cardiff University. The exhibition was launched in 2016 and has been touring since as a way to give BAME communities a voice, raise awareness and prompt discussion.”

    • David Day says:

      Well, ‘Welshness’. Is certainly not an inclusive concept. It is exclusive, definitively, like all other general terms for groups of people, nations and so on, and, in the hands of the Welsh language political, it is extremely exclusive, doing its best to exclude even born and bred Welsh people that are English speaking. What is there for the half-wits to discuss?

  9. Andrew Worsley says:

    A mere fact not smear fact get your spelling correct ……………….what I have written should be obvious to the most blinkered amongst us ………… this the real life or is it fantasy …. open your eyes and see.

  10. Jm says:

    He really should take responsibility,admit he was out of his depth and resign.
    But then, he really should have opposed letting his own constituency be used as a tip for sludge from a nuclear reactor site …

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