Things continue to go from bad to worse for the Welsh Labour Government as far as the health service is concerned. Labour MP for the Cynon Valley Ann Clwyd has been carrying out a review into standards in England, oddly enough after speaking out about the poor treatment her husband received in a Welsh hospital.
Speaking to S4C she said ""I asked for a comparison between Wales and England and the diagnostics for the two countries and Wales is behind England in every instance. It appears that things are very bad."
As reported by Wales Online she stated "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."
This head in the sand attitude is nothing new from the Labour Government who have overseen the gradual decline of our health and education services without ever being willing to take any responsibility for any failings.
Meanwhile the Auditor General spoke out about a deterioration in unscheduled care services - such as A&E. As reported by the BBC his report speaks of a range of problems faced by the service, and by patients. Many patients are unsure of the best place to go for treatment, and so can put an extra burden on A&E, yet as we have pointed out on numerous occasions, the alternatives are not adequate.
The lack of specialist staff, the time it takes to transfer patients from ambulances, these issues are nothing new and the Welsh Labour Government have been told over and over about these problems and done nothing.
The bad news didn't stop there as Wales Online also reported on yet more missed targets. 'The number of people waiting more than 36 weeks to start NHS treatment has reached a new high with the figure now topping 11,000 - when the target figure is zero.'
This is an absolute disgrace and is the latest in a long list of failed targets. Wales deserves better.