The Welsh Government has defended sending emails to the author of a report on the state of the health service. One email said that the report 'needs to be more positive'. A spokesperson for the Health Minister says opposition criticism is an attempt to destabilise debate on the future of the NHS.
– Spokesperson for Health Minister Lesley Griffiths AM
The Case for Change report, produced by Professor Marcus Longley, was commissioned and owned by Local Health Boards and the NHS Confederation. Welsh Government officials responded to requests for statistical and other information from Professor Longley and the NHS Confederation. The Welsh Government did not seek to influence or amend the content of the report, as that was entirely a matter for the NHS Confederation and Professor Longley.
The Shadow Health Minister, Darren Millar AM, has said that if the Minister, Lesley Griffiths, knew about the emails she should lose her job. He says there was an attempt to 'sex-up' the report and turn it into 'a dodgy dossier'.