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.”
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.”