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Trust Labour with the Health Service? You've got to be joking.

September 22, 2013 12:45 PM

Amongst the BBC headlines today there is a focus on the A&E waiting times in England. 31 of the 146 hospital Trusts there failed to meet the target of 95% of A&E all patients being seen within 4hrs between April and June this year.

This of course is the cue for the Labour party to jump up and down and tell everyone how much better things would be if they were in control at Westminster. Except of course the way the handle the health service in Wales undermines any such claims.

In Wales the target has not been met in years. As figures provided by Stats Wales show, apart from Hywel Dda, who scraped past with 95.4% of all patients at A&E seen within four hours in June this year none of our Heath Boards make the grade, with figures frequently dropping below 80%.

In England the Government is reacting by investing £500m over the next two years. In Wales, as admitted by Labour MP Ann Clwyd, the Welsh Labour Government continues to bury its head in the sand. As Mrs Clwyd said "I wouldn't have spoken out as I have done on this were it not for the fact that people don't seem willing to admit there are problems in Wales and yet the messages I've had from all over Wales make it perfectly plain that there are problems here."

Maybe the Wales branch of the People's Assembly would like to take this into account when planning to travel to Manchester to protest about the state of the ENGLISH NHS. But of course they are not political, are they?

Karen Roberts