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Gething deleted messages, Covid inquiry hears

Gething deleted messages, Covid inquiry hears

Gething deleted messages, Covid inquiry hears
Feb 27, 2024 1 min, 5 secs

The hearing also heard how a deputy minister called it "odd" that Welsh Labour cancelled its conference but allowed 20,000 Scottish fans to travel to Cardiff for a Six Nations game.

Nia Gowman, barrister for the Covid-19 Bereaved Families for Justice Cymru group, told the hearing that the "limited messages" disclosed to the inquiry showed WhatsApp and texts were used to discuss government business "where they shouldn't have been".

Mr Poole revealed that Lee Waters, deputy minister for transport, said in a WhatsApp message that he thought it was an "odd signal to send" that Welsh Labour had cancelled its 2020 conference but allowed 70,000 to gather in Cardiff for Wales versus Scotland.

"No protection for nurses, very low morale as being asked to care for patients admitted to orthopaedic wards by medics with respiratory symptoms, masks not being released," it read.

After the hearing Plaid Cymru's spokesperson for health and social care, Mabon ap Gwynfor, claimed "Labour Welsh government's lies" had been "further exposed on the first day of the UK Covid inquiry".

"It is quite simply alarming that the most senior special advisers to the Labour Welsh government encouraged each other and others to 'clear out WhatsApp chat once a week', and that Vaughan Gething as the health minister at the time turned on disappearing messages," he said.

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