Wales politics

Ann Clwyd to appear before assembly health committee

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Image caption Opposition AMs have accused Labour of being in denial about Ann Clwyd's criticisms of the Welsh NHS

Labour MP Ann Clwyd has been invited to give evidence to the assembly's health committee next month.

Ms Clwyd has sharply criticised the way the Welsh NHS has been run after the death of her husband at the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff in 2012.

An internal health board inquiry upheld many of her complaints but not her claim he died "like a battery hen".

Previous attempts to call Ms Clwyd before the committee were blocked by Labour AMs.

Labour had argued it was "constitutionally inappropriate" for the committee to interview backbench MPs on devolved matters.

But on Wednesday Plaid Cymru, Liberal Democrat and Conservative AMs put forward a fresh proposal under a different procedure, which was accepted.

'Utmost respect'

Welsh Lib Dem leader Kirsty Williams said: "It is absolutely right that Ann Clwyd MP is to be invited to give evidence to the assembly's health committee.

"While she may have conducted a review into the English NHS, she still received a large amount of information from Welsh patients."

Plaid Cymru health spokeswoman Elin Jones said Ms Clwyd had "received valuable evidence about standards of care from many Welsh patients, including some from my own constituency, and it is right that she be invited in front of the committee to share these findings".

"The views that have been collated by her could be extremely beneficial to our work in scrutinising the Welsh government's management of the NHS in Wales, and would give us important information from a patient's perspective," she added.

Shadow Health Minister Darren Millar said: "Ann's extensive work into standards of care within the Welsh NHS is significant and her views and conclusions must be treated with the utmost respect.

"Previous attempts, by Labour, to block her evidence were hugely unwelcome."

Ms Clwyd, the MP for Cynon Valley, is due to give evidence on 10 July.

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