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Is health minister qualified for this?

SIR - Carwyn Jones and his Welsh Government, in particular Health Minister Mark Drakeford, have been making desperate but feeble attempts to convince the public that they do care about what the health service should be providing.

Mr Drakeford has announced a care plan for neurological patients which he introduced at a meeting of the Association of British Neurologists this week.

The question to be asked is what qualifications does he have to address an audience that would have been composed of eminent medical men plus emeritus professors of this particular speciality? It is also planned to improve the care services for diabetic and stroke patients and therefore improve survival rates. Mr Drakeford stated that the Welsh NHS "faces the combined challenges of austerity, population ageing and the provision of more advanced medication".

The greatest challenge faced by the Welsh NHS is not that stated by Mr Drakeford but that of the Assembly itself under this misadministration, whose combined efforts have caused the service to sink to a catastrophic level of incompetence.

K CLEMENTS Llangyfelach, Swansea
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:May 9, 2014
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