The name David Sissling is probably not one many people are familiar with - he is the Chief Executive of NHS Wales, and today he has made the news with his annual report which, according to Wales Online, bizarrely claims that the "NHS Wales is the envy of much of the UK in terms of its focus on quality and safety."
He has obviously been far too busy writing his report to take any notice of what is going on around him, and of the almost daily stories which make the headlines telling of failures in the Welsh NHS. Perhaps he was on holiday when Labour MP Ann Clwyd announced following her investigations into the NHS in England that when it comes to the health service "Wales is behind England in every instance." Maybe he and the First Minister have been in cloud cuckoo land together?
As pointed out by the BBC
BBC Wales has also learned of Welsh government concerns over hospital performance during August.
It raised "escalated concerns" about all the health boards in Wales apart from Powys - which does not have any major hospitals - in the delivery of urgent care and delays in providing hospital treatment.
There were also issues with the performance of five of the six on access to cancer treatment. In some specific cases, the level of concern had reached the second highest level meaning there had been "continued failure and/or failure to maintain an agreed improvement trajectory".
Abertawe Bro Morgannwg Health Board and the Wales Ambulance Service had reached that level on urgent care. Cardiff and Vale Health Board was at that level on referral to treatment times, and Cwm Taf Health Board on access to cancer treatment.
The Welsh NHS is a mess, and the Welsh Labour Government has buried its collective head in the sand - along with the Chief Executive. How can we hold out any hope of solutions if they cannot even acknowledge the problems?
The BBC report that Mr Sissling said some health boards were reacting more rapidly than others, and the Welsh government's job was to "be impatient." Be impatient? The Welsh Government's job is to sort out the problems and ensure that we have a health service that is fit for purpose. Some of us outside the Government are getting very impatient.