“Scotland and Northern Ireland are as annoyed as we are. There was an agreement that this would be a four-nation assessment.“The Department of Health refused to give an assurance that they wouldn’t use unverified figures in the general election.“So ourselves, Scotland and Northern Ireland said ‘let’s follow the usual process here and embargo the figures until after the general election’. They wouldn’t do it – that’s how politicised the Department of Health has become.“We’ve said that if they don’t sort this out, we’ll go ahead ourselves and have an OECD assessment [commissioned by us] rather than wait for them and the political games they’re playing. Hey presto – the story was fed to a Conservative MPI must admit I have some sympathy for Carwyn's position.
With the Tories clearly intending to use the plight of the Welsh NHS It looks very suspicious that a comparative study of the NHS in the four UK nations has been called and would conveniently report before next May giving little time for rebuttal.
Even if Carwyn was confident that the NHS in Wales was preforming better than the rest of the UK (somehow I doubt it) the Number crunchers at Westminster would twist the facts.
But Carwyn as I said only recently told the people of Scotland to put their faith in Westminster even under the Tories/
Now he says Westminster can't be trusted.
On this basis neither can he,