"Funding boost must go to health service"

A 1.2billion funding boost for Wales must be invested in health and social care – South Wales Central AM Andrew RT Davies has said.

 

The Prime Minister today confirmed plans to invest nearly 400million per week in the English NHS by 2023-24 – and the money will be made available to the Welsh Government over the same period.

 

It will now be up to Welsh Labour ministers in Cardiff Bay to decide how it is spent.

 

While he was keen to point out that a lot of pressures on local health services were also down to mismanagement by the Welsh Government – Mr Davies emphasised that under Labour Wales has been the only part of the UK to see health spending cut.

 

He cited constituents in the Vale of Glamorgan waiting almost 24 hours for ambulances – as well as consistent overspends at Cardiff the Vale Health Board – as “just a few” examples of mismanagement that the extra investment would address.

 

Mr Davies said, “The Prime Minister’s announcement will be a huge boost for the English NHS – and it’s the Welsh Labour Government must follow suit.

 

“1.2million has been made available by Westminster – and it’s vital this goes on health spending.

 

“It may seem bizarre we’re even questioning this – but Welsh Labour have form when it comes to cutting health budgets – so it can’t be taken for granted.

 

“Health is without doubt the top issue that comes into my postbag – with constituents facing unacceptable waiting times for surgery and ambulances – far worse than in England.

 

“Ministers now have an opportunity to put things right – and this cannot be squandered. The money must be invested wisely to secure local NHS services for generations to come.”

 

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