Welsh Government reshuffle

The Welsh Government announces a surprise reshuffle of the Cabinet. Cardiff West AM Mark Drakeford enters the Cabinet for the first time, taking over from Lesley Griffiths as Health Minister.

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Minister showed 'disgraceful ignorance' claim Conservatives

The Welsh Conservatives have condemned the former Health Minister's decision to refer back objections to changes to hospital services in west Wales. They claim Lesley Griffiths effectively ignored the Community Health Council's concerns about the Hywel Dda Health Board's proposals.

This move is a disgraceful ignorance of ministerial accountability. It beggars belief that the views of a watchdog representing the public can be so blatantly disregarded. This is effectively bouncing the referral back to the watchdog and avoiding any responsibility. I hope the new health minister – whose appointment is welcome – will take a far more appropriate approach to an issue that affects many thousands of people.

– Shadow Health Minister Darren Millar AM

The old minister has done little more than pass the buck and it is no surprise that she has been shifted from her portfolio. Her refusal to stand accountable is a sad indictment of a Labour government completely out of touch with Pembrokeshire. I urge the new minister to review this decision and look very carefully at the health board’s unnecessary plans.”

– Preseli Pembrokeshire AM Paul Davies

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