Tempers fray again as Vaughan Gething accuses Conservative AM of ‘social media bile’
Health Minister Vaughan Gething has accused the Welsh Conservative Social Care Minister of “social media bile”.
Janet Finch-Saunders, the Conservative AM for Aberconwy, accused the Welsh Government of a “heartbreaking and unforgivable” lack of care for Covid-19 cases and deaths in the social care sector.
Vaughan Gething responded to the message saying: “I don’t normally respond to social media bile but this – from the official opposition spokesperson is a straight lie.
“The death of any welsh citizen in social care, the community or a hospital is treated with equal importance. We all need to be better than this Janet.”
Janet Finch-Saunders had earlier said: “The failings by the WG as regards the lack of importance placed on Covid 19 cases and deaths in our social care sector is heartbreaking and unforgivable. I personally raised this some weeks ago with the Health Minister!”
Janet Finch-Saunders had been responding to a message from Welsh Conservative AM Andrew RT Davies in which he said: “Mark Drakeford can’t distance his government from the incompetence at Betsi Cadwaladr Health Board and its failure to accurately report Covid-19 deaths on a daily basis.
“The Welsh Labour Government has been responsible for running the health board in special measures for five years!”
It is the second time this week the Health Minister has expressed frustration at some of the criticism around the Welsh Government’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic, after being heard swearing about a Labour colleague’s question during the Virtual Senedd on Wednesday.
Both Plaid Cymru and the Welsh Conservatives called on him to be sacked following the comments which were picked up when he forgot to turn off his microphone after a Zoom call.
First Minister Mark Drakeford, however, rejected that calls and said Mr Gething had apologised to fellow Labour AM Jenny Rathbone, who the comments were about, and “that’s the end of the matter”.
He told BBC Radio Wales: ”We need our health minister to be focusing entirely on the essential work that he has been responsible for to help us all to get out of the current crisis – that’s what he’ll be doing and that’s how the government will be carrying on.”