Mark Drakeford was a Professor of Social Care prior to his election to the Senedd in 2011, when he succeeded his mentor Rhodri Morgan in Cardiff West. As well as being a social policy academic, Drakeford was also a special advisor to Rhodri Morgan as First Minister on Health and Social Policy. This begs the question of how much of the reorganisation that has taken place in the Welsh NHS between 2003 and 2009, did Drakeford provide advice to the Welsh Government on?
Let's remind ourselves of the constant changes the Welsh NHS has suffered since 2003. Before 2003, Wales had five Health Authorities, after the 2003 reorganisation 22 Local Health Boards and 7 NHS Trusts were created which lasted until 2009 when the current 7 Local Health Boards and 3 NHS were created. These constant changes have resulted in millions of pounds being wasted and we now have what is widely perceived an NHS service in Wales which is not fit for purpose.
The Welsh public deserve to know whether Drakeford is the architect of this dysfunctional NHS that we have ended up with.