Welsh Labour’s NHS winter plan is a “copy and paste failure”

Commenting on the Labour Government’s plan to deal with winter pressures in Wales’ NHS, Welsh Conservative Russell George MS said:

“Labour’s plan to support the NHS this winter is basically the same one from last year that has led us to the position where we are experiencing the worst A&E waits on record, the longest treatment backlog ever, and slow ambulance response times.

“Their plan looks like a copy and paste exercise, something all the more confusing given the minister has reported late and with an extra delay.

“After a quarter of a century of poor management, it’s time for the Welsh Government to admit we are facing a crisis and act on its shortcomings from infection control to staff burnout and bed cuts.

“Welsh Conservatives have long called on Labour ministers to bring in rapid diagnostic centres to spot cancers earlier and surgical hubs to deliver treatment to patients closer to home in Covid-light environments outside of hospitals, something that is soon to benefit English patients.

“This is how to help address the backlog that doubled in a just a year before the pandemic under, as well as the one that is now out of control and has pushed the NHS to breaking point.”


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