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Labour has 'lost argument on NHS' says Alun Davies AM

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Media captionBlaenau Gwent AM Alun Davies said Welsh Labour must tackle NHS issues ahead of next year's assembly elections

Labour has lost the argument over the state of the NHS in Wales, a former Welsh government minister has said.

Alun Davies said the Conservatives had been "brutally effective" in targeting Labour's management of health services.

He warned his party was in danger of losing people's trust on the NHS and needed to take action to win support.

Mr Davies also argued Labour had lost the general election because people did not trust the party on the economy.

The Blaenau Gwent assembly member said the party had failed to get to grips with issues including the management of hospitals and health board reorganisations.

'Need to ensure trust'

He told BBC Wales people remained "terrified" they were going to lose hospital services without getting a better service in the future and were concerned about what the Welsh government was doing to lead the NHS forward.

He said the party must tackle those issues ahead of next year's assembly elections.

"We haven't got long. In the UK we have got five years until the next election; in ten months time this assembly will be dissolved for our elections, so we do need to have that conversation in Welsh Labour," he said.

"We need to have a conversation about how we take those issues forward and how we ensure that people do trust Welsh Labour with the Welsh NHS," he added.

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