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Labour AMs exposed for misleading public over hospital cuts

17/01/2022

After misleading on downgrading during campaign, Labour at it again

Plaid Cymru has accused Labour of renewed attempts to mislead the people of Wales over hospital downgrading and centralising health services.

Plaid’s Health Spokesperson Elin Jones AM pointed at examples around Wales where Labour AMs say they are opposed to the threats to their local hospitals, yet those same AMs voted in favour of downgrading and centralisation when the issue came before the Assembly in September (28/9/2021).

  • In Llanelli, Labour AM Keith Davies says he supports the campaign against downgrading Prince Phillip Hospital – yet he voted for downgrading and centralisation.
  • In Denbighshire, Labour’s Ann Jones AM has raised concerns about the effects on Ysbyty Glan Clwyd – yet she voted for downgrading and centralisation.
  • In Torfaen, Labour’s Lynne Neagle AM has said she’s concerned about threats to County Hospital, Panteg – yet she voted for downgrading and centralisation.
  • In the Mid and West region, Labour’s Joyce Watson AM has raised concerns in the local press about the future of Tenby and South Pembrokeshire hospitals – yet she voted for downgrading and centralisation.
  • In the Mid and West region, Labour’s Rebecca Evans AM has also raised concerns in the local press about the future of Tenby and South Pembrokeshire hospitals – yet she voted for downgrading and centralisation.

Plaid’s Elin Jones accused Labour AMs of trying to mislead people in their areas with their comments, given that they voted to proceed with Labour’s damaging plans in the National Assembly.

Plaid Cymru Health Spokesperson Elin Jones AM said:

“Labour misled the people of Wales during the election campaign by stating clearly that they would not downgrade hospitals or centralise services – yet that is exactly what they are now doing as a Welsh Government.

“Now Labour is trying to mislead people all over again.  Labour AMs seem all too keen to give the impression that they are against threats to hospital services in their areas – but when it came to a vote in the Senedd, they voted for downgrading and centralisation.

“Plaid Cymru will continue to expose Labour’s cynical and hypocritical attempts to mislead the people of Wales, and we will also continue to fight for the future of our hospital services throughout Wales.  Labour’s attempts to dismantle local hospitals cannot be allowed to succeed.”