The Labour Welsh Government rather than devolution is the problem facing Wales, according to the Conservative leader Paul Davies.
His comments came after a UK Labour leader hopeful, Lisa Nandy, questioned whether devolution was working for the north of Wales, and a poll suggested that 33% would vote to scrap the Senedd.
“We know it’s not devolution that’s the problem: it’s the party running the Welsh Government that’s the real problem, and that’s why we need change,” Paul Davies said.
He signalled out the Welsh Government’s handling of the Welsh NHS for particular criticism. Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board in the north of Wales, which has been under direct control of the Government for nearly five years, is set to post a deficit of £35 million in this financial year.
“Unsurprisingly – but nonetheless regrettably for the long-suffering people of North Wales – the First Minister could not answer and would not take responsibility for this scandal in the Welsh NHS that is blighting so many lives,” he said.
He went on to say that “the people of Wales want change. Change in the way the Welsh NHS is managed and run. Change – for the better, not for the worse – in A & E waiting times”.
“They have waited long enough, and deserve better. A Welsh Conservative Government would bring about the change our people so desperately deserve,” he said.
This wek the Welsh Government Minister for Health and Social Services, Vaughan Gething announced an extra £5.5m to back plans to halt obesity in Wales.
The money will be used to support the Healthy Weight: Healthy Wales Delivery Plan 2020-22, which the Minister launched this week during a visit to see a healthy eating project at a playgroup in Cardiff.
Vaughan Gething said: “Obesity ranks among the biggest public health challenge we face and I want Wales to be one of the first countries in the world to see a decline in obesity rates.
“To achieve this we need to see change in every part of our society and I want us to shape an environment where the healthy choice is the easy choice. We will work with people across Wales to enable positive change, starting with support in the crucial early years of life.
“I am visiting Tiny Tigers Play Group today to hear about the great work taking place with families and children to encourage positive food choices.
“This first delivery plan for our strategy, sets out what we are doing to support people of all ages across every part of Wales to make healthier lifestyle choices. Small changes in our everyday habits can bring significant, lasting health benefits for us all.”