A new review into the state of the Ambulance Service in Wales is due to land on the Health Minister's desk tomorrow. The McClelland Report will make interesting reading given the levels of concern that is constantly raised almost weekly at First Minister's questions. Today was no exception.
First of the party leaders to speak was the leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats, Kirsty Williams who wanted to know what was being done to ease the pressure on the ambulance service? She spoke of ambulances stacking up outside A and E departments. Ambulances having long waits thanks to the shortage of beds in the hospitals. Waits which mean further delays for those calling on the service for help. The forthcoming ambulance review clearly didn't cut much ice with her!
And the National Health Service in Wales was also something that the Leader of the Opposition, Andrew RT Davies was keen to discuss.He too spoke about his concerns over the performance of the ambulance service but went on to call on the First Minister to introduce a 'duty of candour' on healthcare providers in Wales. Speaking at FMQ's on the day before the 23rd anniversary of the death of ten year old Robbie Powell from Ystradgynlais, Andrew RT Davies urged the FM to commit to the duty, often called '' Robbie's Law'' in memory of Robbie Powell who died in 1990 from a treatable condition that was missed by doctors.
Unlike the previous two speakers, the Leader of Plaid Cymru, Leanne Wood turned her attention to farming and food production. Plaid believe that producing foods locally and buying locally makes good economic and environmental sense. So the impending closure of Welsh Country Foods on Anglesey was in her view nothing short of a disaster that needed support from the Welsh Government. Would that support be forthcoming?