The Leader of the Welsh Conservatives has today accused Carwyn Jones of dismissing Ann Clwyd’s comments on the state of the National Health Service in Wales.
Questioning the First Minister in the Assembly, Andrew RT Davies stressed the emotional calls made by the Labour MP, following the publication of her high-profile review into NHS complaints procedures.
Speaking to media last week, Mrs Clwyd said:
“I don't think we should be waiting in Wales for the next scandal”
“Privately some people have said I am glad you are doing it, but clearly it is an embarrassment because clearly you are criticising something that is devolved to Wales, for which the Welsh government has responsibility. You cannot bury your head in the sand and pretend everything is well because it isn't. I think Aneurin Bevan would be turning in his grave."
When the latter comment was put to the First Minister during First Minister’s Questions, Mr Jones dismissively claimed that he believed Anuerin Bevan had been ‘cremated’.
Carwyn Jones has continued to reject calls for a Keogh-style inquiry on grounds of cost, despite the intervention of the senior Labour MP, alarming hospital death rates and news of an inquiry into Abertawe Bro Morgannwg following the neglect of an elderly patient at two hospitals.
Following today’s First Minister’s Questions, the Welsh Conservative Leader said:
“Ann Clwyd’s comments have been unashamedly dismissed by Carwyn Jones. That’s both unacceptable and irresponsible.
“In the interests of the people of Wales – it is time for a Keogh-style inquiry that would address serious concerns and see structures put in place to protect communities.
“An inquiry into practices within Abertawe Bro Morgannwg has now been announced. This should be extended throughout Wales.
“Failings must be identified and put right in order to avoid another Mid Staffs scandal.
“Our calls have widespread support and I urge Carwyn Jones to listen to these views – including those of Ann Clwyd – and introduce an independent Keogh-style inquiry.”