Aberconwy MS calls out Welsh Government’s ‘fear of scrutiny and independent challenge’

Janet Finch-Saunders MS has today (3 June) called out the Welsh Government’s ‘fear of scrutiny and independent challenge’ as she outlined her concerns over the administration's response to the pandemic. The Member for Aberconwy was speaking as part of the Welsh Conservative debate which called for an independent, judge-led inquiry into the Welsh Government’s response to COVID-19.

Speaking after closing the virtual debate, Janet said:

“My constituents have reasonably questioned whether the Welsh Government has done everything in its power to support our communities. They are rightly alarmed by the consistent news of calamity and chaos coming out of Cardiff Bay.

“Society’s most vulnerable have been failed by this Welsh Labour administration. Welsh Ministers have missed or dropped COVID-19 testing targets, and thousands of shielding letters were sent to the wrong address. Testing for all Welsh care home residents has been delayed and elderly residents pressured into signing Do Not Attempt CPR forms.

“The sheer scale of the Welsh Government’s incompetency justifies an independent inquiry. It is essential that the inquiry’s independence is confirmed, as serious inquiries have too often been commissioned and never delivered.

“A global pandemic requires strong and transparent leadership. Because of the Welsh Government’s failure to open themselves up to proper checks and balances, an independent inquiry is now the only way for the public to hold the Welsh Ministers responsible to account.