Welsh Labour NHS Doublespeak

18th July 2012

In Orwell's 1984, 'doublespeak' is used to describe the practice of saying one thing while meaning its exact opposite. The Welsh Labour Government seems intent on raising this practice to an art form in their pronouncements on the NHS in Wales.

We are told there is no downgrading of hospitals and services in Wales even when cuts mean, as in the case of Neath Hospital, the loss of 40% of beds, as 3 wards face closure.

The Welsh Health Minister faces a vote of 'no confidence' in the Assembly today but regardless of the outcome, working class communities can have no confidence that cuts won't lead to a poorer service for us.

See also: Fight Welsh NHS Cuts


On Wednesday (18), Welsh Government Health Minister, Lesley Griffiths, won a vote of confidence in the Assembly but by the closest of margins, 29 votes to 28. Hardly a ringing endorsement! It would have been worse if Plaid Cymru AM, Lord Elis Thomas, hadn't absented himself, attacking his party's stance in the process.

Labour Party discipline may have saved Griffiths' political career for now but working class communities can have no confidence in Welsh Labour's NHS policies while they pass on Tory cuts.
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