Welsh stroke patients would rather go to England but buck does not stop with Labour Health Secretary…whatsername

In the above shocking report we read:

People would rather go to England if they had a stroke than use the A&E at a north Wales hospital, a health watchdog has said. Inspectors said there was a “clear and significant risk to patient safety” after inspections at the department in Ysbyty Glan Clwyd, Denbighshire.

North Wales Community Health Council’s Geoff Ryall-Harvey said it was the “worst situation” they had seen. Betsi Cadwaladr health board said it was committed to improvements.

The Healthcare Inspectorate Wales (HIW) report said the A&E department required significant improvement after an unannounced three-day inspection in May. The Welsh government said the report was “extremely concerning”, adding the “standard of care falls considerably short of what we expect for patients in Wales”.


For readers in Scotland, there’s something missing. Where is the call for the Health Secretary to resign? The Health Secretary, Eluned Morgan, is not mentioned, far less photographed looking anxious or guilty.

All we get is:

Opposition parties said the report was “alarming” and called for the Labour Welsh government to act.

Welsh Conservative north Wales spokesman Darren Millar said: “It will be deeply alarming to people across the region that the situation at Ysbyty Glan Clwyd still isn’t getting things right despite being put into targeted intervention – Labour ministers need to step up and take responsibility for their failings.”

Plaid Cymru’s healthcare spokesman Rhun ap Iorwerth said the report was “damning” and called for the health board to be reorganised because “I think we have little choice”.

Welsh Liberal Democrat leader Jane Dodds said: “It is abundantly clear that the board was taken out of special measures before it was appropriate to do so.”

and from the Chief Executive:

“The buck does stop with me,” she said, “I take these concerns incredibly personally, incredibly seriously, which is why I’m absolutely determined to work through the challenges with our staff.”

What, the buck does not stop with the Health Secretary, you know whatsername?

Imagine this was in Scotland. Here’s what we’d get.

In 2018 because of a financial irregularity in one board, no deaths, no risk of death:

In 2019, because one child death might be linked to contaminated water in one hospital and the Health Secretary did not make details public because of patient confidentiality:

For more on how BBC Wales treats the Welsh Government:


3 thoughts on “Welsh stroke patients would rather go to England but buck does not stop with Labour Health Secretary…whatsername

  1. If EVER there is objective, comparative research into BBC News’ editorial policies and associated written/spoken outputs, a readily accessible and illuminating resource for the researchers would be the evidence of how the BBC covers NHS ‘issues’ in England, Scotland and Wales.

    The corporation’s practices in encouraging, or being complicit in enabling, the politicisation of NHS challenges – and the personal targeting of health ministers can be evidenced. The editorial policies are clearly different in the different countries of the UK: the differences could hardly be more stark.

    Given the nature of the available documentary evidence (including much collated in TuS blog posts), insightful and revealing research findings are there for the ‘taking’. The chance of Ofcom undertaking this kind of comparative research is probably zero: who might?

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  2. How lucky are we in Scotland ( unlike the Welsh or English ) to have tenacious public servants like Sarwar , Baillie and Gullane , not forgetting the BBC’s Lisa Summers , to point out the inadequacies of the Scottish Health Ministers ?

    As they constantly assert , If only there was no SNP Health Ministers then we would have the best Health Care in the WORLD – maybe even as good as the English or Welsh NHS !
    There would be NO Covid , NO hospital infections , NO A&E waiting times , NO ambulance crisis , NO bed blocking , NO waiting lists for operations , NO pigeons in the QEUH , ….
    If only that Nicola Sturgeon would listen to these real Health proffesionals instead of simply seeking attention for herself !

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    1. Sarcasm, doing the BritNats job for them? We don’t need a list of SNP bad here. Who is the SNP health minister? The BritNats you grant a name are greedy troughers, they do not work in the interests of the ‘public’.


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