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Is the Labour run NHS in Wales in crisis?

August 11, 2014 10:00 AM

Earlier this year Welsh Labour Health Minister Mark Drakeford, responding to concerns over waiting times, insisted that the NHS in Wales was "under pressure" bur denied it was in crisis.

Since then there has been a steady stream of bad news stories that would suggest that if not already at that stage it is certainly heading towards crisis. Waiting lists continue to grow, ambulance response times are appalling - particularly here in RCT. Staff shortages are a concern across an increasing number of specialities and recent headline making events have raised concerns about clinical standards.

Fourteen nurses at the Princess of Wales hospital were suspended following an investigation into falsification of records, several were charged by the Police. Ten were suspended at Prince Charles hospital in Merthyr "as a precaution" following the death of an elderly woman.

A whistle-blower revealed that there is an investigation under way at the Royal Glamorgan into allegations of bullying by management and concerns over the standard of clinical care as staff are given increased workloads.

To top it all off ITV news reported on 8th August that ambulance staff are considering strike action and a vote of no confidence in the Welsh Ambulance Trust. This in the same week that reports said hundreds of patients were being taken to hospital in Police vehicles owing to a lack of available ambulances.

Yet the Welsh Labour Government continues to bury its head in the sand over it all, with not a murmur from any of the Labour AMs who supposedly represent the people of Rhondda Cynon Taff. The Pontypridd MP and Shadow Secretary of State for Wales seems more concerned with attacking the NHS in England than putting pressure on his colleagues to act in Wales. People deserve better.