Election 2015: Bevan would be ‘turning in grave’ over NHS. Welsh Health Service derided.

BBC News reports 22nd April 2015: Election 2015: Bevan would be ‘turning in grave’ over NHS

NHS founder Aneurin Bevan would be “turning in his grave” if he saw the way Welsh ministers run the service, the UK government’s Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has said.

Mr Hunt called the devolved Labour government’s policies a “travesty” of the founding principles of the NHS.

Although health is devolved, the relative performance of the service in Wales and England is an election issue.

Responding, Labour said the Tories had “dismantled” the NHS in England.

Mr Hunt was election campaigning for the Conservatives in Newport.

He told BBC Wales: “We have people actually going across the border to stay with relatives in England, renting houses in England because they can’t get access to the latest drugs.

“That is a travesty of the founding principles of the NHS, the NHS that was founded by a Welshman who would be turning in his grave, frankly, if he could see the way that Labour have been running the NHS in Wales.”

Prime Minister David Cameron famously described Offa’s Dyke as a line “between life and death” in a speech in Llangollen last year.

For its part, Labour accused Conservative ministers of engaging in a “war on Wales” and telling a “tissue of lies” about the Welsh NHS.

On Wednesday, Mr Hunt added: “What’s happened in Wales is that they chose to cut the NHS budget, the result is people in Wales wait twice as long for an urgent ambulance, they wait twice as long in A&E departments than they should.”

Labour Deputy Welsh Health Minister Vaughan Gething accused the Conservatives of implementing a “disastrous £3bn top-down reorganisation of the health service in England, which has dismantled the national health service which Bevan founded and which the public holds so dear”.

“People in Wales continue to have access to evidence-based treatments for all conditions – not just cancer – which have been approved for use in the NHS by both the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence and the All Wales Medicines Strategy Group,” he said.

“We continue to invest millions in new and innovative life-saving treatments every year in Wales, despite a £1.4bn cut to the Welsh budget by the Tory-led UK government.”

Accusing other parties of using the NHS as a political football, Plaid Cymru health spokeswoman Elin Jones said: “Plaid Cymru MPs will use their influence in a hung parliament to secure an additional £1.2bn a year to invest in our public services.

“This will address the chronic underfunding of Wales by successive Westminster governments and will enable us to invest in vital services such as the NHS.”


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About Roger Burns - retired GP

I am a retired GP and medical educator. I have supported patient participation throughout my career, and my practice, St Thomas; Surgery, has had a longstanding and active Patient Participation Group (PPG). I support the idea of Community Health Councils, although I feel they should be funded at arms length from government. I have taught GP trainees for 30 years, and been a Programme Director for GP training in Pembrokeshire 20 years. I served on the Pembrokeshire LHG and LHB for a total of 10 years. I completed an MBA in 1996, and I along with most others, never had an exit interview from any job in the NHS! I completed an MBA in 1996, and was a runner up for the Adam Smith prize for economy and efficiency in government in that year. This was owing to a suggestion (St Thomas' Mutual) that practices had incentives for saving by being allowed to buy rationed out services in the following year.

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