Health Minister Vaughan Gething dismisses Labour colleague’s question about care homes as ‘ridiculous’

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Wales’ health minister dismissed a Labour colleague’s question as “ridiculous” during a Welsh Parliament committee meeting.

Vaughan Gething muttered the comment after fellow Welsh Labour MS David Rees asked him about care home visitors during the virtual meeting.

Mr Rees asked: “How many care homes across Wales are you aware of that are allowing visits and how many are not? Do you have those numbers?”

Mr Gething was seen raising his eyebrows and shaking his head before muttering: “Ridiculous question.”

This is not the first time that Mr Gething has been caught reacting angrily to scrutiny from his own party members.

In April he was heard to say “what the f*** is the matter with her” about Labour MS Jenny Rathbone after she asked him about the difficulties key workers were finding around access to testing.

In the meeting on Wednesday morning, Health, Social Care and Sport Committee chairman and Plaid Cymru MS Dai Lloyd started the Zoom session by warning participants that microphones are “being controlled behind the scenes, as it were, and they will be managed automatically, hopefully”.

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Plaid Cymru health spokesman Rhun ap Iorwerth told the Press Association: “The care home crisis has been well documented.

“We’re talking about the most vulnerable of people, extremely concerned friends and relatives, and under-pressure care workers, and yet here we have the Health Minister, on record, dismissing legitimate concerns.

“Apart from being just plain rude, the Health Minister appears all too often to be keen to evade scrutiny on very important matters.”



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