A couple of weeks ago Labour MP Ann Clwyd who had been charged with looking at standards of care in English hospitals hit out at the service in Wales. The Cynon Valley MP said that Wales was "behind England in every instance" and that she had spoken out because "people don't seem willing to admit there are problems in Wales."
Today the First Minister demonstrated yet more of this head in the sand attitude as he tried desperately to defend his Government's record on the NHS in Wales. In a clear swipe at his Labour colleague he said "if you listen to voices from Westminster you would think that the NHS in Wales is a worse place to receive care than England. Nothing could be further from the facts nor the truth."
He told journalists, including those from Wales Online that he was determined to disperse the "myths" about the provision in Wales, but then came out with a string of unrelated 'facts' that did nothing of the sort.
The health service in Wales remains far short of what it should be. Mr Jones complained that "The opposition parties take every opportunity to denigrate the incredible work and dedication of the NHS staff across Wales." In fact nothing could be further for the truth. Opposition parties know where the blame lies for the failings that are all too evident - with mis-management by the Welsh Labour Government.
Whoever services the Welsh Government twitter feed went into overdrive as the desperation to try and find something good about the Welsh health service became clear.
"We are aware of the significant challenges - the increased demands on our service - an ageing population"
Well that's a start - if you are aware of the problems then you can take steps to alleviate the, right? Or maybe not.
"As a government, we are committed to being open & honest about these challenges - and dealing with them."
Carwyn that is just what you are not doing.
Then came the major announcement - the launch of a service called 'my local health service.' Built up as if it is going to be a solution by itself. Instead it merely puts some of the data already available in a slightly easier to access form.
It gives you facts such as Cwm Taff hospital mortality rates which are the highest in Wales. On the positive side C Diff infections are below the Welsh average. It gives none of the stark figures on waiting times and ambulance response times which are way off target, and makes no comparison with England.
It will take more than this to fix the ailing NHS in Wales, or to convince people that the Welsh Labour Government are capable of rising to the challenge.