Plaid Cymru motion to safeguard Welsh NHS in face of possible privatization rejected by Labour and Tories

The Labour Welsh Government has voted against giving the Senedd a veto over international trade deals that could open up the NHS to privatisation.
Plaid Cymru brought forward a motion calling for a Welsh veto and for the Wales Act to be modified to take away the power of the UK Government to force through changes in devolved fields against the will of the Senedd.

Responding to the vote, Plaid Cymru Assembly Member for Ynys Môn Rhun ap Iorwerth said:

“It is very disappointing that Labour today voted against Plaid Cymru’s motion to protect the Welsh NHS in the face of possible privatisation in a UK-US Trade Deal.

“Under the Tories in Westminster and Labour in Wales we’ve seen our NHS in Wales face cuts and mismanagement time and again. Today both Labour and Tories voted against the principle of protecting it from privatisation in possible trade deals.

“Only Plaid Cymru can be trusted to give our health service in Wales the protection it needs. We want to recruit 1,000 new doctors, 5,000 new nurses and 100 dentists for our NHS, and will protect our vital health services and it’s staff from reckless privatisation.”