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Thursday, January 26, 2006

No planted questions here

It is just as well that Labour AMs are on the ball when it comes to putting Ministers on the spot:

Denise Idris Jones: I met recently with Martin Jones, who is the new acting chief executive of North West Wales NHS Trust. He told me that the scanner was on its way and should be arriving at Llandudno in April.

Janet Ryder: It has been on its way for three years.

Denise Idris Jones: He confirmed this date; he had made an appointment to see me, and I believe that this will happen.

The Presiding Officer: Order. It is not usual for Assembly Members to assist Ministers, so I would like the question please.

Denise Idris Jones: On another matter— [Laughter.] I did not know that that was coming up.

The Presiding Officer: Order. Neither did I.

Denise Idris Jones: Minister, will you join me in welcoming improvements in access to NHS services in Wales, including improved GP appointments services more centred around patient convenience and the patient feedback exercises being conducted at Ysbyty Glan Clwyd? The excellent emergency services healthcare and organisation at Ysbyty Glan Clwyd was brought home to me recently when my son was taken ill. Would you agree that developing similar improvements across Wales is vital to secure a patient-centred, twenty-first century health service for everyone?

Brian Gibbons: Thank you, Denise. [Laughter.] Denise mentioned Ysbyty Glan Clwyd and the out-of-hours GP centre that is across the road from the hospital at Bodelwyddan. That is one of the most well developed and integrated services that exist in Wales and the population served by those combined units is getting a service that other parts of Wales need to strive to emulate.

We could certainly teach MPs a thing or two about effective scrutiny.
Funny that Denise did not raise the issue of the funding crisis at Ysbtty Glan Clwyd with ward closures etc. Nor did she mention the closure of Prestatyn Community Hospital. OK neither is in her constituency but she still seems to want to talk about it.

She gives morons a bad name.
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