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Tuesday, January 25, 2005

Second chance!

I have to admit that I was so taken by the eloquence of the wording of this amendment to a Government motion on NHS waiting times and their second offer scheme that I felt I had to share it.

The original motion asks the Assembly to "Notes the progress made in reducing waiting times since the commencement of the second offer scheme in April 2004". Given the recent controversy about the Welsh Health Service and the problems it faces and given the recent National Audit Office report slating the Welsh Assembly Government's management of waiting times it would have been possible to write reams in just rejecting the sheer complacency of this point. The Welsh Conservatives managed to sum it up in just ten words however, and proved that understatement can be as effective a weapon as the greatest oratory. Their amendment read:

"In point 1 add 'lack of' between 'the' and 'progress'."

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