Political feuds can do NHS disservice.
THE bitter feud between Westminster and Wales over the quality of our NHS is increasing in its intensity. Today First Minister Carwyn Jones accuses David Cameron's Conservative Party of waging a 'war on Wales as a nation'.
It comes on the eve of the Welsh Labour conference in Llandudno, a time when political rhetoric is traditionally ratcheted up more than notch.
But is there anything more sinister going on than the usual Westminster knock-about? Mr Cameron has indeed sustained his attacks from the dispatch box in the Commons on any statistics showing Wales's health service lagging behind that in England.
The strategy is clearly to shine the light of scrutiny on the part of the UK where Labour is still in government.
This message is less aimed at voters in Wales than those in England ahead of the 2015 General Election.
But the First Minister - and other senior Labour figures - are riled enough to lash back today.
Health is a devolved matter in Wales and the responsibility for its delivery lies firmly in Cardiff.
Devolution means that the Labour administration can take different decisions and is answerable to the Welsh electorate through the ballot box.
There is genuine concern over aspects of our NHS which have been regularly exposed in the pages in this newspaper and debated in the Senedd. Politicians will be held to account at the ballot box.
Excited political hyperbole rather than reasoned, critical debate, however, can serve to undermine the morale of the thousands of hard-working staff within the health service.