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‘Poor performance’ of ‘socialist’ Welsh Government affecting NHS across ‘whole United Kingdom’ says Jacob Rees-Mogg

13 Jan 2022 3 minutes Read

 

Jacob Rees-Mogg. Picture by Chris McAndrew (CC BY 3.0).

The Leader of the House of Commons has gone on the attack against the Welsh Government, saying that their “poor performance” in handling Wales’ NHS was causing problems across the whole United Kingdom.

Jacob Rees-Mogg was responding to a question from Wrexham’s Conservative MP, Sarah Atherton who asked how she could best hold the Welsh Government’s handling of the NHS to account.

He replied that it was a “concerning matter” and that a debate of strengthening the UK in Wales next week would be an opportunity to take the Welsh Government to task.

“The poor performance of the NHS in Wales is, as she rightly says, a devolved matter and the precise policy is a matter for Cardiff Bay rather than Westminster,” Jacob Rees-Mogg said.

“But those problems in the end affect the whole United Kingdom, with people coming across into England for minor injuries because of failures in the Welsh health service.

“I am glad to say that on 18 January the Welsh Grand Committee will meet in Parliament to debate strengthening the Union in Wales— I am glad it is so widely supported across the House; at last we have achieved bipartisan support. It will be a good opportunity to contribute to the debate.

“Members will be able to use their parliamentary standing to hold the socialist Welsh Government to account.”

‘Hard-left’

It is not the first time Jacob Rees-Mogg has criticised the NHS. In October of 2020 he was locked in a war of words with Wales’ then Health Minister, Vaughan Gething.

Jacob Rees-Mogg had said that the First Minister’s plan to forbid travel from high Covid parts of the UK into Wales was “unconstitutional”.

During business questions, Jacob Rees-Mogg had responded to a question asking whether the plan was “illegal”.

Tory Alicia Kearns, MP of Rutland and Melton, asked: “Can my right honourable friend confirm that it would be illegal for the Welsh Labour Government to introduce an intensive border within the UK to restrict movement between England and Wales?”

Jacob Rees Mogg replied: “What would you expect of a hard-left Labour Government?

“The approach to putting a border between England and Wales is unconstitutional and will place the police in an invidious position considering that they serve the whole of the United Kingdom.

“We are one single United Kingdom and we should not have… borders between different parts of the United Kingdom.

“And I’m afraid that is what you get when you vote for socialists.”

But Health Minister Vaughan Gething responded that “regardless of the accent used, rubbish is still rubbish whenever it’s spoken”.

“There is nothing unconstitutional about exercising devolved powers to protect public health,” he said.

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Leigh Richards
Leigh Richards
2 days ago

Wouldnt advise anyone to go across the border to england right now – sadly more likely to get covid there than anything else at the moment 😢

Andrew
Andrew
2 days ago

Get Boris Done! And as for little lord Fonteroy, the chinless foppish limpet, perhaps his nanny should insist he tuck his vest into his pants during the winter month’s, because he just keeps on talking out of his silver spooned anus. As if he actually gives a toss about the NHS. My little one is in hospital right now, despite the efforts of oxygen wasters like this,she is recieving the best care from people who still care. Apologies for the rant,but this spinless pond life makes me a little more angry every time he opens his filthy hole. Anger is… Read more »

Gareth Wyn Jones
Gareth Wyn Jones
1 day ago
Reply to  Andrew

No need to apologise the likes say it all

defaid
defaid
2 days ago

All this from the laughing jackass who doesn’t even know the name of the Welsh tory leader. Does he command any respect?

Rob
Rob
2 days ago

Well what about English patients using Welsh hospitals, that argument works both ways? And there have never been any restrictions between Wales and England. But I do remember during the pandemic in which areas like Cardiff or Newport were in lockdown and people living in these areas were prohibited from travelling to places like Gwynedd or Pembrokeshire, yet it was okay for people from high risk areas in England to visit these areas. So all Drakeford was doing was addressing these anomalies, yet the Tories will try to spin this as nationalism or anti-English racism. As for far left values,… Read more »

Gwilym Prydderch
Gwilym Prydderch
2 days ago

What more do you expect of an extreme right wing separatist, who thinks Wales shouldn’t be allowed to vote how it chooses if it tarnishes his silver spoon? We should all bend to the will of the Fourth Reich.

Mark
Mark
2 days ago

Let’s attack Wales, it will distract the plebs while we sell off the english nhs, 2 birds 1 stone as the saying goes

Phil
Phil
2 days ago

If that’s how he feels ask him to return the 4 million lateral flow tests!

adopted cardi
adopted cardi
2 days ago

There speaks a Fascist.

Llyn
Llyn
2 days ago

MP in UK Parliament, Sarah Atherton asks how she could best hold the Welsh Government’s handling of the NHS to account – if that’s her main concern then why didn’t she stand for election in last May’s Senedd elections? Would have hoped an MP would have a basic grasp on who makes what decisions in the UK.

Steve Duggan
Steve Duggan
2 days ago

For years Wales has been simply ignored, why are they so concerned now? It has got nothing to do with the NHS, they don’t give a toss about that organisation. All they fear the loss of power that is in their future.

Paul
Paul
2 days ago

Hundreds of thousands of English people live in Wales. Their treatment comes out of our budget. A few thousand Welsh people use their services, a country 19x our size, and suddenly we are the fount of all evil.

O'r gorllewin gwyllt
O'r gorllewin gwyllt
2 days ago

Is it Wales who has ‘loaned’ England an extra 4 million covid tests lately?

Stephen Owen
Stephen Owen
2 days ago

What does Rees-Mogg know about Wales? Probably doesn’t know where it is

Kerry Davies
Kerry Davies
2 days ago

It gets worse. Nadine Dorries has been out making excuses for Sunak not tweeting support for Johnson. Mad Nad reckons that “there is no wi-fi in Devon” ……. and Johnson made her Secretary of State for Digital.
Is there no end to it all?

Charles Coombes
Charles Coombes
2 days ago

Propaganda.

Y Cymro
Y Cymro
2 days ago

Said Jacob Rees-Smug who doesn’t even know who the leader of the Welsh Conservatives are.

A little advice Jacob. It was Socialism not Conservatism that invented and established the NHS saving thousands of lives since its establishment in 1945 thanks to us Welsh.

Paul
Paul
2 days ago

We do pay the English hospitals for the services they provide to Welsh residents. We pay a basic payment to support the existence of the hospital plus a payment for each patient that goes there. If Chester, Shrewsbury, Worcester, Hereford etc didn’t provide services to Welsh patients they would be down graded and their English customers would truly understand the appalling state of the English NHS that tophat is trying to privatise. These 2nd rate hospitals like Shrewsbury even threaten to withdraw services because their incompetent finance department didn’t see the payment in the bank account

Aled Rees
Aled Rees
2 days ago

Quite right paul,we do pay english hospitals for their services.but JRM wont let that get in the way of having a pop at Wales and by the way trying to deflect attention away from the disaster that is downing street.

Richard
Richard
2 days ago

Yes Cymru need to invite JRM to open any face2face post Covid Rally …..he is one of the few Westminster MPs that young people in particular take note of…and effect opinions. Turn out to hear such a leader of the many opinions he holds would be very high…. I for one feel such a sharp and focused speaker would have members enthused and galvenised to move forward as one on the future of the Union. JRMs speach might be introduced by the highly entertaining video clip of his Gwynedd Zip Wire experience – a must for anyone interested in getting… Read more »

Paul Hoskins
Paul Hoskins
2 days ago
Reply to  Richard

JRM has so little insight into his stupidity and old Etonian posturing, that he would be highly likely to take up such an offer by Yes Cymru!

Richard
Richard
2 days ago
Reply to  Paul Hoskins

I am happy to drive him or arrange transport to the Conference…and back but ill check im insured first….an event not to miss !

Last edited 2 days ago by Richard
R W
R W
2 days ago

JRM and Atherton are just a pair of vile fascists, like two peas in a pod!

Paul Hoskins
Paul Hoskins
2 days ago

These deliberately set up, anti Welsh jibes, by English nationalist Tories, seem to be more in evidence since Johnson has found himself in trouble. I suspect it is yet another feeble attempt to divert attention. The upside of this is that it encourages the population of Wales to consider independence as an increasingly attractive option.

Mr Williams
Mr Williams
1 day ago

Silly comments from a man who couldn’t even name the Tory Senedd leader. Laughable.

I liked Vaughan Gethin’s response.

Gareth Wyn Jones
Gareth Wyn Jones
1 day ago

He just a true fascist and I would defend And I would defend this statement in court with evidence

F Jones
F Jones
22 hours ago

He just can’t handle Wales being a different country and his loss of power! Hard Left! Hilarious propoganda! Welsh Labour are barely centre left.

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