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Row over collapse of proposed cross-party NHS commission

The performance on the NHS in Wales has been under the spotlight. Photo:

A row has broken out over the collapse of a proposed cross-party commission on the future on the NHS in Wales.

Plaid Cymru joined the Welsh Conservatives in saying they would not take part, prompting anger from the Welsh Liberal Democrats, who originally proposed the commission.

Last month, the Welsh Government and the Liberal Democrats agreed it in principle, with terms of reference put forward by the Health Minister.

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Kirsty Williams has led calls for a commission into the future of the NHS here. Credit: PA

Plaid Cymru Health spokesperson Elin Jones said: "It is not the appropriate time to set up such a commission, in the final year of this Welsh Government and just before the 2016 election.

"We believe that debate could be enhanced by a non-party-political Independent Study to provide ideas and novel thinking on the future of the NHS."

Welsh Conservative Shadow Health Minister Darren Millar said: "This was always a second best option for Wales. What communities the length and breadth of our country need is a full public inquiry, not a cheap gimmick."

Welsh Liberal Democrat leader Kirsty Williams responded: "Time and time again both Plaid and the Tories have shown they are more interested in putting politics first, rather than patients.

“This is disappointing as it was a real chance to take some forward steps in improving our NHS for staff and patients alike."

A spokesperson for the Health Minister said: "we are disappointed. The public will also be disappointed, particularly as the idea of a commission to look at Wales’ most treasured institution had gathered widespread support.

"The Welsh Government will continue to plan and work for a successful future for the NHS."