– Elin Jones, Plaid Cymru Shadow Health Minister
The figures are alarming and show how vital it is that the Health Minister finally takes a hold of this situation.
The austerity cuts being imposed on the public sector by the Tory-Lib Dem government are now being felt in the NHS.
This crisis has been mounting for some time, despite the Minister’s assurances that bailouts to LHBs have ended.
She now needs to be honest about the scale of the problem.
Plaid Cymru's Health Spokesperson Elin Jones has welcomed the decision by members of the Assembly's Health committee to call the minister Lesley Griffiths. They'll question her next week about claims a crucial report was influenced by officials.
I’m grateful to my fellow members of the Health Committee for agreeing to my request to call the Minister to the Committee. When I questioned the Minister on Tuesday she failed to justify the independence of the report, and is it important that we investigate this further. I have always believed that the Committee is the correct forum for us to fully scrutinise the Minister and this is what should now happen.
I have been focussed on giving the Health Minister another opportunity to demonstrate that she is someone we can trust to run the Welsh NHS. The Minister will now get that opportunity next week
Plaid Cymru's, Elin Jones will ask the Health Committee to make time next week to question the Health Minister, Lesley Griffiths, her officials and the author of the report at the centre of a row over emails from NHS officials.
At tomorrow's Health committee meeting, Elin Jones will table the following motion:
That the Health and Social Services Committee allocates time at its next meeting on 18 July 2012 to scrutinise the Health Minister, her officials and, if available, Professor Marcus Longley, on the recently published correspondence between Welsh Government officials and Professor Longley.