The virtual Senedd had to be paused today after the Health Minister left his mic unmuted and could be heard swearing and criticising a fellow Labour AM.
Following his statement, Vaughan Gething was heard discussing Jenny Rathbone, the Member of the Welsh Assembly for Cardiff Central.
The Llywydd Elin Jones could then be heard saying: “I think the Vaughan Gething needs to turn his microphone off. Vaughan Gething needs to turn his microphone off.”
Plaid Cymru has called on Vaughan Gething to resign and the Welsh Conservatives said he should be sacked.
The comments, which can be heard below, contain some bad language.
After the success of virtual Parliament this morning, Welsh Health Minister Vaughan Gething showed us how it’s NOT done by leaving his mic on after finishing his statement this afternoon… pic.twitter.com/7P7NpVpqK1
— Kirsty Lewis (@kirstylewis6) April 22, 2020
Plaid Cymru called for Vaughan Gething to resign, saying he had shown “utter contempt towards scrutiny”.
“The Welsh Health Minister aggressively attacking his own party colleague who was raising legitimate concerns raised by a Welsh Nobel Prize winner shows why he is not the man for this vital job,” Plaid Cymru leader Adam Price said. “To maintain public confidence he surely has to go.
“The swearing is forgivable, what isn’t is the utter contempt which the Health Minister has shown towards scrutiny. Coupled with dire failings on PPE and testing the Health Minister should resign so that the Government can regain the trust of the people at this crucial time.”
Welsh Conservative leader Paul Davies also said that Vaughan Gething should be sacked.
“Politicians are entitled to ask serious and challenging questions of Ministers and it’s essential that they are able to do so during this pandemic,” he said.
“For a Health Minister to show such unprofessionalism and disdain at this time is completely unacceptable and he should be sacked.”