FM: "Our NHS Workers Deserve An Apology"

Wales' First Minister Carwyn Jones and Health Minister Mark Drakeford are calling for an apology from David Cameron, after he called the Welsh NHS an "utter shambles".

Wales' First Minister Carwyn Jones and Health Minister Mark Drakeford are calling for an apology from David Cameron, after he called the Welsh NHS an "utter shambles".

A major report out today has found that "no consistent picture emerges of one of the United Kingdom's four health systems performing better than another".

Carwyn Jones said:

"It is time for David Cameron and Jeremy Hunt to apologise to NHS staff in Wales, who they have denigrated over a number of years in an attempt to gain political advantage.

"There is a good reason that junior doctors are not on strike in Wales, it is because we value our NHS workforce, and work with them to modernise and bring through change.

"With a growing social care crisis in England, and the continuing doctors’ strike, it is time the Tories focused on getting their own house in order.

"We accept that the NHS in Wales has challenges ahead – just like every healthcare system in Europe - and we are up for meeting that challenge.

"That is why we spend more on the NHS and on social care than in England; why access to cancer drugs is faster and why we are investing more than ever in training nurses and other NHS staff."

Health Minister Mark Drakeford told HEART it was about time David Cameron and Jeremy Hunt stopped using Wales' health service as a "political football":

"We have never gone out of our way to criticise the health service in any other part of the United Kingdom, but Wales has undoubtedly had to endure a sustained assault on our health service.

"I've never criticised the English health service for all the troubles it faces and I never take any pleasure at the difficulties that other people face."

HEART's contacted David Cameron for a response, but Number 10 says he won't be commenting.

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