The former chief executive of the Board of Community Health Councils in Wales says he's experienced a culture of 'entitlement, gagging, bullying and unfairness' in the Welsh NHS.
Speaking exclusively to ITV Wales, Tony Rucinski says he was told at the beginning of 2016 not to speak to the media 'on the behest of the [Health] Minister' and that a closeness between Welsh Government and the NHS means that difficult conversations about what needs to happen in the health system are not taken forward.
In response, Angela Burns AM, Welsh Conservative Shadow Health Secretary, said:
“These are shocking allegations, and if true call into question the integrity of a great many people.
“If we are to truly improve service delivery then we have to enable open and honest debate or our NHS will continue to muddle along as it has done for nearly two decades.
“A strong government ought to welcome criticism because, as they say, it’s the grit that makes the pearl.
“It is legitimate to consider whether what Mr Rucinski describes is yet more evidence of the bullying and discrimination alleged by many to exist at the very heart of Welsh Government.
“I will be raising these very serious concerns with the Cabinet Health Secretary in the Chamber today, and have submitted an Urgent Question to the Llywydd.”