Local NHS staff representatives were today presented with thank you cards signed by hundreds of people from across Cardiff and the Vale.

As part of the NHS 70th birthday celebrations, Welsh Labour politicians delivered the birthday cards to staff representatives at Llandough Hospital.

The cards were signed by residents from across the Vale of Glamorgan and Cardiff at street celebrations and tea parties in the area on July 5 – 70 years to the day since the introduction of the NHS.

The thank you messages were handed to NHS staff representatives by the current Welsh Government Cabinet Secretary for health, wellbeing and sport, Vaughan Gething AM and Vale of Glamorgan Assembly Member Jane Hutt.

They were joined by Welsh Labour’s parliamentary candidate for the Vale of Glamorgan, Belinda Loveluck-Edwards, and Cardiff South and Penarth MP Stephen Doughty. 

Jane Hutt AM said: “When health was devolved to Wales in 1999, I was honoured to be Wales’ first cabinet member for health. 

“Working with a UK Labour government, we were able to shape our NHS to suit Wales’ needs with proper funding and resources.

“We only need to look at what the Tories are doing in England to see how important it is that the Welsh NHS has been run by a Welsh Labour government since 1999.”