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Andrew RT Davies attacks Welsh Government’s handling of NHS in combative New Year’s message

01 Jan 2023 3 minute read
Andrew RT Davies MS.

Welsh Conservative leader Andrew RT Davies has used his New Year’s message to launch a ferocious attack on the government’s handling of the NHS in Wales.

Paying tribute to NHS staff, who are currently involved in industrial action over pay and conditions across Wales and in England, Mr Davies said they do “a terrific job” under “increasingly difficult circumstances” but are being “let down” by Labour “running the NHS in Wales”.

“Whilst the pandemic has had a major impact, Labour’s mismanagement has made the backlogs worse. Let’s not forget that it was the former Labour Health Minister (Vaughan Gething) who said it was “foolish” to plan for recovery after the pandemic” Mr Davies said.

“In Scotland and England, they ignored his calls and now they’ve eliminated their 2 year waits for treatment. In Wales 57,000 people are wondering how much longer they need to wait having hit the two-year mark.

“And in the wings waiting behind them are three quarters of a million people on an NHS waiting list, with 1-in-4 waiting over a year, while only 1-in-19 are in England, with the average wait 10 weeks shorter than in Wales.”

Memorable

Mr Davies, the MS for South Wales Central, again criticised the government for failing to set up a Wales specific inquiry into the handling of the Covid pandemic and referred to the furious exchange with Mark Drakeford during a Senedd showdown in October as “the most memorable moment in Welsh politics this year.

“He can flick the pages of his binder and scrunch his face up all he wants, but the Welsh Conservatives will continue to hold him to account into 2023,” he said of the spat.

Mark Drakeford erupts. Picture by Senedd TV

Turning his attention to the cost-of -living crisis, Mr Davies described spiralling prices as “a blight on Wales’ already undersized pay packets”, pledging “I will be fighting hard to hold the Labour Government to account and reminding them that they hold the levers to grow the Welsh economy.

“I hope that with the Covid pandemic in the rear-view mirror, we can look to the future and prioritise delivery for the Welsh people. We want to see the green shoots of recovery, with growth in the economy, improvements in the health service and progress with educational attainment,” he added.

Senedd election

Laying down a marker before the next Senedd election in 2026, Mr Davies praised his team in the Senedd and said they will be starting work in “developing our offer to the electorate for the next Senedd election to offer that alternative that Wales desperately needs.”

“There is a uniquely positive part to play for my party, in that we champion high quality public service provision, while ensuring good value for the Welsh taxpayer, he said.

“We need to let hard working people keep more of their own money where we can by delivering economic growth, showing how we can oppose tax rises and cut taxes where possible, while also making the sums add up.”


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Mark
Mark
1 month ago

This idiot needs to learn that following the conservative government in Westminster will never be voted for in Wales

Huw Jones
Huw Jones
1 month ago

80% of Wales finances are based on the Barnet formula, that is a proportion of the UK govts spend in England comes to Wales. So if the tories In West can’t afford it ( lies) nor canon Wales. Idpf the England overall spend increases so will Wales’

Windy
Windy
1 month ago

This man continues to be so clever at making himself look really foolish.

dai ponty
dai ponty
1 month ago

I cannot get my head around this fat odious oaf does he not see what is going on over the border people are dying under the Tories because of the damage they have done to the N H S throughout of all of the U K they are its been caused by his scum party but they always blame others

I.Humphrys
I.Humphrys
30 days ago
Reply to  dai ponty

This is true, according to a couple of xmas letters we have recieved from England.

The original mark
The original mark
30 days ago

This fool is an embarrassment to himself and Wales

Owen williams
Owen williams
30 days ago

please don’t criticise the welsh govt. their performance has been really fantastic under devolution. Plaid have done great too. That’s why our education and nhs is so good.
come on.

Ivor Schilling
Ivor Schilling
30 days ago
Reply to  Owen williams

Haha.

Riki
Riki
30 days ago
Reply to  Owen williams

I’d agree with you where the NHS is concerned, it’s doing the best it can with what it’s allowed to have. But Education? Welsh education is ridiculously bad, especially when it comes to Welsh people knowing about their nations history. Most know more about English history than their own!

Y Cymro
Y Cymro
30 days ago

Here we go again? Blah blah blah….. If Grinch Andrew RT Davies had the chance he’d follow poodle-like his English masters in London by privatising the Welsh NHS by stealth as they are currently doing in England. The Tories since 2019 have been running down the English NHS by outsourcing to private companies., no doubt owned by Tory donors , family & friends. A good example is the rise in private healthcare adverts on TV. They did it with the railway, utilities companies etc…., and are trying to do it with the NHS too. They would love to do it… Read more »

Richard
Richard
30 days ago

I have so been looking forward to ARTDs latest wheeze …it’s been a poor few weeks since the last one – though Darren M did try to lighten things up with “ Flags at the Senedd “ amusing press splash .. a real issue he felt vital for the Welsh electorate 🥹 ARTD does make a good set of points as I guess most folk as in England 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 feel the nhs is need of a real boost asp across a range of services from lack of GPs , Ambulance 🚑 plus A&E waiting times through to Dental 🦷 access… Read more »

Charles Coombes
Charles Coombes
30 days ago

Propaganda. The tories fear or know they will lose the next election. They hope to hang on to all the seats they can.
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Riki
Riki
30 days ago

They actually want to lose it, as they know Labour is more Unionist than they are! In reality, The Tories are English nationalists, whereas Labour are the ones who really believe The UK is a single country. Wales and it’s people are damned if we do and damned if we don’t! As long as we keep voting for either party.

Kerry Davies
Kerry Davies
30 days ago

NHS England has seen waiting lists grow since the pandemic from 3.85M to 7.1M according to the BMA. Why does Arty give such easy targets when he lies?

Last edited 30 days ago by Kerry Davies
Fi yn unig
Fi yn unig
30 days ago

I can’t find the words to describe the wonderful care my wife has received in her two week hospital stay over Christmas in Labour run Wales but I can find the words to describe the horror of the thousands of pounds it would have cost to keep her alive under the Americanised credit card private health vision that this ‘I’m alright Jack, to hell with the rest of you’ doyen of immorality desires.

Valerie Matthews
Valerie Matthews
28 days ago

Does this man EVER give up an opportunity to blame Wales for something that is SO obviously the UK Governments fault? Please! Vote him out before he bores us all to death!

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