Who is this woman? It’s the Welsh Health Secretary, Baroness Eluned Morgan. She was banned from driving for six months in March 2022, after being caught speeding.
She wasn’t driving an ambulance at the time.
From BBC Wales today::
A&E wait: Frustration over disabled man’s 48-hour ordeal
A care agency boss has described the NHS as “a joke” after a disabled man was forced to wait for 48 hours in A&E.
One of David Williams’ clients, who has severe epilepsy, had been taken to the Grange Hospital near Cwmbran, Torfaen, complaining of chest pain.
Mr Williams said he had to wait in a chair with no food for 36 hours.
Aneurin Bevan health board said delayed hospital discharges and winter viruses had led to longer waits at A&E.https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-64038636
That’s the beginning of a 1145 word report which does not mention Baroness Morgan nor, for that matter any other politician, government or opposition.
Who gets the blame then?
The Welsh government said: “We were sorry to learn about the patients’ experiences and we are supporting the health board and partners in providing better outcomes for patients who need access to urgent and emergency care.”
Yes, but is the Welsh Government to blame?
Mr Williams, the care home owner?
“A&E is carnage, they’re rushed off their feet,” he said. “I don’t think it was any fault of the hospital, I think it’s a fault with the system.”
Ah, the ‘system’. Is it that in Scotland too, BBC Scotland?
On 21 December 2022, BBC Scotland has this:
No ambulance to meet helicopter patient at hospital
A patient was airlifted to Glasgow Airport as no ambulances were available for a 300 yard transfer from the helipad at an East Ayrshire hospital.
The individual, who was picked up by an air ambulance on Arran, was then driven 26 miles from the airport back to Crosshouse Hospital, near Kilmarnock.
Both the Scottish Ambulance Service and Scottish government have apologised for the delay.
A Tory MSP said the patient’s experience was “truly terrifying”.https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-64052318
I wonder who that Tory MSP might be. Will there be space for more of them in only 796 words?
Scottish Conservative health spokesman Dr Sandesh Gulhane said the story was a damning indictment of the current state of the health service.
He added: “This will have been a truly terrifying situation for this patient and my thoughts are with them.
“It lays bare the total chaos that Humza Yousaf is presiding over in our NHS, despite the best efforts of dedicated ambulance crews.
“Going back and forth between different health boards, having already been in an air ambulance, will have caused huge distress and anxiety for this suffering patient.”
Dr Gulhane also called for the patient to be given an “urgent apology” after a chain of events he described as “utterly shameful”.https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-64052318
For once, it’s just ‘Dr’ Gulhane. Labour and Lib Dems will be complaining of pro-SNP bias again.
I don’t suppose they had room for a picture of anyone. Well, this one:
Unlike Baroness Morgan, Humza can still drive.
Dr Gulhane didn’t blame the system at any time.