Labour and Plaid Cymru clash over giving Welsh Government NHS privatisation veto
Plaid Cymru have criticised the Labour Welsh Government after they voted against giving the Senedd a ‘veto’ over NHS privatisation.
The motion brought forward by Plaid Cymru was however branded “gesture politics” by a Labour minister.
Plaid Cymru had brought forward the motion calling for the Wales Act to be modified to take away the power of the UK Government to force through changes in devolved fields against the will of the Senedd.
Labour however said that it would not be appropriate for the Welsh Government to hold a veto over trade issues controlled by Westminster.
Plaid Cymru however said that other devolved areas in the EU such as the Belgian region of Wallonia held such a veto which they had used.
The motion was voted down by 37 votes to 7, with Labour, the Conservatives and Brexit Party voting against, and Plaid Cymru voting for.
Responding on social media after the motion was voted down, Deputy Minister Lee Waters said that Plaid Cymru were using the issue as “gesture politics” which would then be “misrepresented on social media”.
However Plaid Cymru’s Brexit spokesperson Delyth Jewell AM said that it was “beyond belief” that Labour would vote against giving the Welsh Government a veto.
“If the US were to get their way in the form of a trade deal that included drug pricing and patents it would lead to huge amounts of money being diverted from frontline services to the pockets of US pharmaceutical firms and dangerous deregulation in terms of how drugs are prescribed,” she said.
“What we’re calling for is what Labour say they want, which is for the UK Government to have to Welsh concerns before forging ahead with any trade deal that could potentially damage the NHS.
“To reject this in favour of a forlorn hope that Westminster will suddenly break a habit of a lifetime and start listening to Wales shows incredibly naivety and is why many people are concluding that Plaid Cymru is the only party that can be relied on to defend Welsh public services under all circumstances.”