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First Minister Carwyn Jones has accused Conservative politicians of treating the people of Wales as 'collateral damage' in a campaign of criticism of Labour's handling of the NHS in Wales.
Welsh Secretary, Stephen Crabb has been questioned this afternoon on the ongoing row between Westminster and the Welsh Government in Cardiff over the health service. The MP for Cardiff South and Penarth ,Stephen Doughty ,asked him if the continuing war of words was was damaging morale?
Welsh Liberal Democrat leader Kirsty Williams, who's often one of the fiercest critics of Welsh Labour's running of the health service, has condemned the UK Health Secretary's claims about the NHS in Wales.
Jeremy Hunt claimed that Welsh patients seeking treatment in England are causing "huge pressure" on hospitals there. He also said that the Welsh NHS is not prepared to pay for their treatment, a claim described as "nonsense" by the Welsh Government.
Kirsty Williams is AM for Brecon and Radnor, where many people have hospital treatment across the border. She has now written to Jeremy Hunt, stating that he is wrong on three counts.
Plaid Cymru's health spokesperson Elin Jones has responded to what she calls the "turf war" between the UK and Welsh Health ministers by claiming that Wales does consistently lag behind both England and Scotland on key health indicators.
Elin Jones added that Plaid Cymru wants to train and recruit 1,000 extra doctors and also re-examine the entire NHS workforce to "fundamentally realign our health and social care sector to finally integrate services fully". She claimed that it would lead to a system that could cater effectively for the elderly and frail, while keeping the NHS a free and accessible public service.
UK Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has replied to the Welsh Health Minister, Mark Drakeford, who'd accused him of leaking correspondence and trying to politicise an independent survey of the NHS in all parts of the United Kingdom by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.
The Welsh Government has flatly denied a claim made by Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt at Westminster. He told MPs that the Welsh NHS was refusing to pay for an increase in the number of Welsh patients seeking treatment in English hospitals.
The Welsh Government also disputes that there is any evidence of an increase in patients from Wales going to English hospitals, though they do outnumber patients travelling the other way. The Welsh NHS uses English hospitals for some specialist treatment, especially for patients from north Wales.
Welsh Government figures show that in 2010/11 there were 55,577 admissions of Welsh patients to English hospitals, in 2013/14 the figure was 53,457. In 2010/11 11.077 admissions to Welsh hospitals came form England, 10,940 in 2013/14.
The Welsh Health Minister has written to Jeremy Hunt, the UK Government's Health Secretary, accusing him of 'being grossly discourteous and demeaning' of his office by allowing the leak of private correspondence between the two governments.
The accusations follow news coverage of a dispute over plans to allow scrutiny of health services in all four of the UK's nations by the international body, the OECD.
Reports, based on leaked documents, claimed that the Welsh Government was refusing to participate. The Welsh Government says it and the governments of Scotland and Northern Ireland were concerned that the exercise had been hijacked for political reasons.
Now Health Minister Mark Drakeford has written to the Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt in very strong terms. The text of the letter is below:
Earlier today, Secretary of State for Health Jeremy Hunt told MPs there was "absolutely intolerable pressure" on hospitals on the England-Wales border.
His comments came as Conservative Stephen Mosley, MP for the City of Chester, raised concerns about the "strains" placed on healthcare in his constituency through patients from Wales.
Welsh Health Minister Mark Drakeford has hit out at the Daily Mail's claims of an "exodus" of Welsh patients to England.
Prof Drakeford added that some Welsh patients in Powys and north-east Wales may go to hospitals in England because they are closer.
Health Minister Mark Drakeford AM has tweeted a strong defence of the Welsh NHS.
On Sunday, the Welsh Government said it was aware of a review commissioned by Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board and the police investigation.
The health board says it has apologised to patients and their families, adding that the ward has been closed since last December.
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