Oh no they don't, say Labour
When a respected consultant at Wrexham Maelor Hospital says A&E departments across Wales are "on the edge" you tend to sit up and listen.
It chimes with Plaid Cymru's call for 1,000 extra doctors and 5,000 extra nurses to deal with shortages and demand we're all experiencing in hospitals and the community. This long-term plan to train and recruit extra NHS staff, which could involve re-starting nurse training at Glyndwr University, is pretty uncontroversial you'd imagine.
But not according to Labour's health minister Vaughan Gething, who is in denial. He denies there's a crisis, he says A&Es are doing better than last year and claims Plaid is "pulling the wool over people's eyes".
Of course, it's not surprising that the minister will want to rubbish his political opponents, especially when they have consistently highlighted his party's failings on the NHS. But it's a bit more difficult to dispute a consultant's expert view on A&E. But that's what he does.
His take on A&Es will be at odds with most people's direct experiences. Here in Wrexham many non-urgent cases, including children, are told it will take 10 hours or more to be seen. Improving?
However, it's his dismissal of a decent long-term plan to improve our NHS by raising doctor:patient ratios to that of England's that is most disappointing. Yes, it takes seven years to train a doctor and three years to train a nurse but Plaid Cymru has been arguing for more doctors for the past three years. We'd be half-way there by now if Labour had got out of first gear.
Labour has been in charge of the NHS in Wales for 17 years. It has presided over community hospital closures (e.g Llangollen), GP surgeries going into meltdown (e.g. Hightown), key specialist services such as Special Care Baby Unit and maternity services being undermined and downgraded with constant threats of closure and a culture of appointing Labour croneys to key positions on bureaucratic and unaccountable health boards. In short, it has done as much damage to our wonderful NHS as the rotten Tories are doing in England with their privatisation plans.
In 100 days we can end that 17-year misrule once and for all by voting for a party that puts the Welsh NHS at the top of the political agenda.