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Ynys Môn MP criticised for taking role in department that runs NHS England

26 Feb 2020 2 minutes Read
Virginia Crosbie

The new MP for Ynys Môn has been criticised for taking up a role in the UK Government department which runs England’s NHS.

Virginia Crosbie has been appointed a Parliamentary Private Secretary in the Department of Health and Social Care, which is primarily responsible for government policy on health and adult social care matters in England.

The NHS in Wales is run by the Wesh Government, although some patients are transferred to England for specialist care.

“I am honoured to have been appointed as Parliamentary Private Secretary to support ⁦Matt Hancock [the Secretary of State for Health] and Ministers in the ⁦Department of Health and Social Care,” Virginia Crosbie tweeted today.

⁩”I am hoping to use my background in healthcare to help improve outcomes for patients across the UK.”

 

‘Shocking’

However, Jonathan Edwards MP of Plaid Cymru criticised her appointment to the role.

“Ms Crosbie is either showing a shocking lack of knowledge about how the NHS in Wales works, or is alluding to a power grab by Westminster the likes of which we have never seen,” he said.

“Management of the Health Service has been devolved to Wales for decades, Westminster does not and cannot control the Welsh NHS. When she talks of rolling out the Westminster Government’s NHS policies across ‘the whole country’ she simply cannot be talking about Wales.

“Either way, Ms Crosbie won’t be doing much for Wales or her constituents in this role.”

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A Prophecy is Buried in Eglwyseg
A Prophecy is Buried in Eglwyseg
1 year ago

Ynys Môn has fallen to the hordes.

Will you, Cymry, rise, stand watch at the fords of rivers as your warrior ancestors, and claim your land as did the noble lineage of Gwylog ap Beli below the Berwyn who’s teulu pushed Mercia back across sacred Afon Hafren into our lost lands, freeing Powys and all Cymru in the 8th century from oblivion, anghof and this foreign tongue, tafod y Sais; will you?

Phil
Phil
1 year ago

This is quite clearly someone who has been parachuted into a constituency only for her own benefit and not for the Welsh public ..this is just a career move until she gets a position back home in Essex .once again the Welsh are taken for granted ..
Ynys mon please use your votes wisely in the next election and vote for someone who knows and lives in the area

Huw Davies
Huw Davies
1 year ago
Reply to  Phil

Quite, and in the meantime be grateful that she has no direct role in the government of Wales. That could have very serious consequences.

Simon Gruffydd
Simon Gruffydd
1 year ago
Reply to  Phil

Is it possible that for voters in Ynys Mon figured she was the “least worst” choice of the bunch? That’s the dilemma I’m faced with most time I vote. Public confidence in politicians of all political parties is at and all time low. And for good reason. Unfortunately the Conservatives were the only party (apart from Brexit Party) that stood on a platform of respecting democracy and the outcome of the 2016 referendum. So what real choice did voters have?

Ernie The Smallholder
Ernie The Smallholder
1 year ago
Reply to  Simon Gruffydd

……. And they would not give us a referendum on the final deal.
This could cost Wales a lot if we lose our markets.

James
James
1 year ago

I suppose the appointment could look confusing, but the backlash is way OTT. It is especially odd to be hearing this argument of “English/Welsh NHS” when Plaid were demanding a vote (blocked under EVEL) on English health funding. So which one is it? Another totally inconsistent argument to make narrow, nationalist points.

Ernie The Smallholder
Ernie The Smallholder
1 year ago
Reply to  James

Plaid was voting on the finance issue because this determines the block grant the UK allows to the Welsh NHS.
We have most of our taxes collected and taken by the UK government.

James
James
1 year ago

Hi Ernie – yes exactly. So why shouldn’t a Welsh MP be a Health Dept. PPS then?

Huw
Huw
1 year ago

If one has a second home in Wales, are they allowed to vote in both homes?

Peter
Peter
1 year ago
Reply to  Huw

No. Voting twice is highly illegal

Gareth Parry
Gareth Parry
1 year ago

I agree with Jonathan Edwards, It is wholly disrespectful to the constituents of Ynys Môn that their elected representative will use her time on an area which has no reference, impact or meaning to her constitency, other than the health of those second home owners who use NHS england.

Huw J Davies
Huw J Davies
1 year ago

It looks like the voters of Ynys Mon may get what they deserve, a cuckoo in their nest. Unless, of course, they are so pissed off with Betsi Cadwaladr Health Board that they are asking NHS England for help! I don’t think the Government in Cardiff Bay is popular in our Mam’s island. I hope the voters don’t blame Rhun ap for Labour’s perennial failure to fix their health service. Whatever. These days an MP is of no relevance to NHS Wales. The last time I tried to raise a health matter with my MP the response was very quick.… Read more »

Plain citizen
Plain citizen
1 year ago

I don’t see the problem, she’s working and learning about the NHS which will enable her to see the problems and hopefully solve them at NHS Wales, an organisation appallingly mismanaged by Welsh Labour despite being funded at a higher rate per capita than in England. If this is a problem surely all Welsh people should be banned from working in the UK outside Wales.

Johnny Gamble
Johnny Gamble
1 year ago
Reply to  Plain citizen

Well at least she will be benefitting the 2nd Home owners on Ynys Mon as she can provide them with valuable advice about NHS England. As for the permanent residents it’s a case of bol****s to you as I have more important things to see to with Mr Hancock. Yes she was democratically elected and I have no problem with that, but this is very much the case of Turkeys voting for Christmas.

Rhosddu
Rhosddu
1 year ago
Reply to  Plain citizen

No, of course not, but imagine the complaints if a Welshwoman was elected as MP for an English constituency and then involved herself in a purely Welsh project for much of the time.

Johnny Gamble
Johnny Gamble
1 year ago

We all know that The NHS in Wales is poor due to the the mismanagement by the Labour government in The Senedd. Yet some people have this fantasy that NHS England is the best in the world. English MPs for many years have never found solutions for NHS England. So what makes people think that The Dolphin Trainer is the saviour of NHS England.

j humphrys
j humphrys
1 year ago
Reply to  Johnny Gamble

………………because they’re all at sea?

mark
mark
1 year ago

vote for English politicians get English politicians, don’t expect them to do anything for the benefit of Wales.

j humphrys
j humphrys
1 year ago

And, has she kept promise to 1; move her family to Môn. 2: began to learn Cymraeg?

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