Kirsty Williams, leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats, has accused the Conservatives of putting politics before patients after they have announced they will not take part in the proposed cross-party NHS commission.
Kirsty Williams AM has continuously made calls for there to be a Commission established to ensure Wales has an NHS that is clinically and financially sustainable. This Commission would comprise of representatives from the medical profession as well as representatives from all of the main political parties.
The Health Minister agreed to look at Kirsty’s proposals and they have since undertaken discussions on what the terms of reference of the Commission would be.
The Tories are expected to rule out their participation later on today.
Kirsty Williams, Leader of Welsh Liberal Democrats, said:
“As always with the Tories: it is politics first, not patients. They choose opportunist political point scoring, rather than actually working on behalf of the people of Wales.
“They can talk crudely about Offa’s Dyke being the difference between life and death all they like, but people recognise that the Tories couldn’t care less about our NHS.
“This commission offers Wales a chance to secure a historic and long-term plan for health and social care in Wales. We can’t let this chance slip away. The Tories need to feed back their concerns to the Health Minister, rather than simply ruling themselves out for political convenience.
“There is no doubt the Welsh Labour Government has mismanaged our NHS. It is up to all of us to work together to put that right.”