Wales needs equivalent workforce plan to save our Welsh NHS
Commenting on today’s announcement by the UK Conservative Government that there will be a major expansion in training places for health staff in England under a historic 15-year plan, Welsh Conservative Shadow Health Minister, Russell George MS said:
“This is the kind of bold thinking we need here in Wales. Welsh Conservatives have long been calling for a recruitment and retention plan but after 25 years of a solution-deficient Labour Government running our Welsh NHS, the service remains understaffed with no end in sight.
Welsh Government spend spending tens of millions on agency nursing staff
“In Wales, we are currently spending tens of millions on agency nursing staff that is money that should be spent on our frontline Welsh NHS services. Labour’s failure to recruit and retain talent in our health service is costing us dearly and is causing us to suffer with unique challenges like 2-year treatment waits that still exist in Wales but have been virtually eliminated elsewhere in the UK.
“Welsh Conservatives would protect the health budget, unlike Labour who are the only government to have cut the budget, not once, but twice.”
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