Health Minister Lesley Griffiths faces no confidence vote

South Wales Argus: RESIGNATION CALL: Health Minister Lesley Griffiths RESIGNATION CALL: Health Minister Lesley Griffiths

HEALTH Minister Lesley Griffiths is to face a vote of no confidence from opposition parties in the Welsh Assembly.

She has faced calls to resign amid claims of government interference in an independent study about changes to NHS reforms.

Opposition parties point to an exchange of emails between officials and the report's author prior to its publication as proof of it being "sexed up".

Mrs Griffiths has strongly rejected such claims, as has the man behind the dossier, Professor Marcus Longley. Both have stressed that the Case For Change document was done without bias or influence.

However, the British Medical Association (BMA) has said the report can no longer be viewed as truly independent.

Today opposition parties in the Assembly announced they had agreed to table a joint motion together.

A statement from the three parties said: "The Welsh Conservatives, Plaid Cymru and the Welsh Liberal Democrats have agreed to table a motion of no confidence in the Labour Health Minister, Lesley Griffiths, following the controversy surrounding the independence of the Case for Change report.

"The Welsh Conservative, Plaid Cymru and Welsh Liberal Democrat shadow health ministers will urge the Health and Social Care Committee on Thursday to call on the Health Minister, her officials and Professor Longley to answer questions before the committee next Wednesday morning."

A Welsh government source said if the motion is accepted, the government will vote against it.

He added: “We will not play politics with peoples’ lives, their hospitals or their well-being. We will resist attempts by these three conservative parties to wreck our NHS."

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11:57am Wed 11 Jul 12

PaulHalliday says...

The Labour Goverment need to learn that Wales isn't their play toy. In Scotland the minister would have already resigned. The welsh media need to do the right thing and hold the minister to account for her under handed tactics and force her to resign.
The Labour Goverment need to learn that Wales isn't their play toy. In Scotland the minister would have already resigned. The welsh media need to do the right thing and hold the minister to account for her under handed tactics and force her to resign. PaulHalliday

12:44pm Wed 11 Jul 12

high x boy says...

make her go quickly
make her go quickly high x boy

3:30pm Wed 11 Jul 12

Cantankerous says...

..... and rightly so!
..... and rightly so! Cantankerous

8:04pm Wed 11 Jul 12

Severn40 says...

Its a valid point. Not that there should be a witch hunt against any minister because of the decisions they take, but there has to be some responsibility. In this instance, the so called "independent" report would have been used as evidence to drive through the changes they want. This is critical to our welsh democracy - we really need to wake up and look into the actions of those that represent us.
Its a valid point. Not that there should be a witch hunt against any minister because of the decisions they take, but there has to be some responsibility. In this instance, the so called "independent" report would have been used as evidence to drive through the changes they want. This is critical to our welsh democracy - we really need to wake up and look into the actions of those that represent us. Severn40

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