Plaid Cymru leader calls on the government to front up on health
The leader of Plaid Cymru Leanne Wood has challenged the First Minister to stop his denial on the health service. In an exchange in FMQs, Leanne listed a number of missed performance targets and outlined criticism of the First Minister’s performance from within his own party.
The Party of Wales leader challenged the First Minister to accept that there are problems within the health service.
The leader of Plaid Cymru Leanne Wood said:
“Given that we can see a number of emerging problems; ambulance response times, referral to treatment times, and cancer waiting lists. In fact the health board that covers your constituency has the worst cancer waiting times in Wales.
“Do you accept that there are problems within the health service, or are you still in denial?”
She also referenced the Welsh Government’s failure to put a representative up for interview on the BBC Week In Week Out programme. The programme features criticism of the Welsh Government’s performance from a senior Labour MP who said:
“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”.
Leanne Wood continued:
“First Minister, month on month you miss your targets. And this week, your only answer to that fact has been to drop the targets, to remove the goal posts altogether.
“You blame the Tories for the finance.
“You blame others for reconfiguration and ditching the targets.
“And you refuse to participate in TV programmes to defend your policies.
“Isn’t it the truth that you will do anything to avoid taking responsibility in the Welsh health service?”