Yeah but no but to using the private sector in the NHS?

Vicky Pollard Has the Health Minister "gone Vicky Pollard"?

Have I already had a stab at explaining the implications of the Welsh government giving the go-ahead for the use of the private sector in the health service?

Yes, just five days ago.

Was this go-ahead specifically and as a last resort to LHBs who are struggling to cut waiting times for orthopaedic surgery?


When asked for their reaction to the news that the NHS in Wales is now planning to buy in private treatment for orthopaedic patients, did the government say that "it is prudent for health boards to explore all possible avenues to ensure our targets are met by March."


Was the political significance here that Welsh Labour's manifesto written for May's Assembly election said that Labour had delivered on a pledge to "eliminate the use of private sector hospitals in NHS Wales and will continue to rule out the use of PFI in health services"?


Has the Health Minister today said that she "completely rejected the privatisation of NHS services".


Got you. So LHBs are absolutely NOT being given the go-ahead to turn to the private, or independent sector to get out of trouble and hit their waiting list targets?

No... well yes... well... the Minister "would prefer not to see any independent sector used".

Is that a yes? Or a no?

Preferably no. "Using private, independent sector must be a very short term and must be a last option."

Hang on, isn't that by definition a yes?

Yes it is, says Conservative health spokesman Darren Millar. It is a yes and comes from a minister who - caught in that painful spot between principle and pragmatism - has come over all Vicky Pollard.

Yeah, but no, but...

Is this not a case of a Minister denying something that hasn't been claimed - the wholesale privatisation of the NHS in Wales? It does feel a bit like it, with a tacit nod along the way to those who feel they must turn to the private sector to get one, small part of the job done.


Yeah, but no, but yeah, but...

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    Comment number 16.

    Having seen at first hand the benefits of our NHS, I can only say we have a great institution, although I expect the NHS business to provide the very best value for the taxes we pay, it is not free.

    So when people "cry havoc" when non-NHS resources are used I would remind them that the NHS is a business, and the business provides services to you the customer, at the best possible price ..........

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    Comment number 13.


    With respect Mab I think you may attempting to change history there. The NHS wan't founded in Wales.

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    Comment number 2.


    Here we go again. No one had disicussed anything yet and we are all predujdiced and traitors.

    I am definately certain now. Don't be taken in by him he is not who he is portraying.

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    Comment number 5.

    I'll say it again we wouldn't have to go down that road if the Surgeons and Consultants used their expertise solely in the NHS, instead of using the same facilities in their Private capacity.
    At the end of the day public money is being payed twice to these people through their use of NHS facilities.
    Just the same as the WVS has contracted out to a national company to supply food to their shops.

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    Comment number 9.

    When I worked in a factory, I found that when I was asked by Management or fellow workmates to do them a favour or something for a short period of time.

    It became a permenant part of my job description.

    Once short term use is in, it 'will' become permanent and we will be paying more for it because Private Companies are there to make profit.

    Look at Americas' health system.


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