Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Will Labour MPs stick up for constituents on health issues?

Anne Clwyd,  the Labour MP  for the Cynon Valley seems to have become the caped crusader with regard to the health service and in particular patient care. This after the alleged abysmal treatment of her late husband at the University of Wales.

At that time she chose to make her complaint via the media and in Westminster, even though health is of course devolved and run in Wales by her own Labour colleagues in the Welsh Government.

Inexplicably she was asked earlier this year to head up a review into the way that the English NHS deals with complaints which no doubt will be of huge benefit to her constituents. During this exercise she says she received hundeds of complaints from Wales and met the Welsh Health Minister to talk about them.

This  week she is addressing Westminster's Welsh Grand Committee of MPs on the subject of the problems she has been told of in Wales.  What I wonder will the Labour Members of that committee do with the information?

Given their recent overwhelming interest in the health service locally and their now aborted campaign to save services at the Royal Glamorgan, which has caused more than a bit of bother within the Labour party, will they now demand better patient care?  Will Owen Smith and ChrisbBryant actually stand up for their constituents and demand answers from their Welsh Labour colleagues?

I think we all know the answer to that.

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