Welsh Conservatives today attacked the First Minister for turning a blind eye to senior Labour politicians campaigning against A&E downgrades, which are the result of Labour’s own policy.
The Leader of the Opposition, Andrew RT Davies AM, today claimed that the NHS is not safe in Labour’s hands.
Senior Labour figures including Cabinet Minister Leighton Andrews and Shadow Secretary of State for Wales Owen Smith and MP Chris Bryant have been claiming that A&E services at the Royal Glamorgan could ‘close’ or ‘disappear’.
It follows an apparent slapping down of the Education Minister for campaigning to save a hospital under threat of downgrade because of policies he supported in Cabinet.
Andrew RT Davies AM, Leader of the Opposition, said, “Labour is in complete disarray over its own unwanted and unnecessary plans to downgrade or even close Accident & Emergency services at district general hospitals.
“Leighton Andrews and other Labour politicians supported Labour’s record-breaking cuts of £800million to our NHS and now are playing on vulnerable people’s fears about the potential loss of vital NHS services.
“The First Minister has turned a blind eye to his leadership rival’s shroud-waving with bizarre claims about acting within ‘tramlines’.
“Wales need politicians who have the courage to be honest about their intentions rather than supporting a policy in Cabinet and campaigning against it in their own constituency.
“Instead of empty rhetoric and shroud-waving, what the people of Wales need is a First Minister who will stand up for our NHS and deliver the world-class standards we all want to see.
“It is increasingly clear that the Welsh NHS is not safe in Labour’s hands.”