‘No NHS in 75 years without urgent and drastic action’ Plaid Cymru warns
Plaid Cymru has predicted there will be no NHS in 75 years without “urgent and drastic action”.
The warning comes as the NHS celebrates its 75th anniversary today (5 July 2023) amid a backdrop of record waiting times.
NHS staff in Wales have also been forced to take industrial action over pay and conditions – some for the first time ever – earlier this year.
Paying tribute to the NHS and its founding principle of providing health free at the point of need to all who need it, Plaid Cymru’s Health and Social Care spokesperson Mabon ap Gwynfor said that “thirteen years of Tory cuts and twenty-four years of Labour mismanagement” had left the service on “life-support”.
The Dwyfor Meirionnydd MS said Plaid Cymru’s five-point plan could help tackle the crisis in the NHS in Wales – offering both immediate and longer-term solutions including tackling waiting times, investing in social care, and implementing a workforce plan to recruit and retain more doctors and nurses.
“Seventy-five years ago, the NHS was born in Wales – leading the way in providing healthcare to all free at the point of need,” Mr ap Gwynfor said.
“Plaid Cymru is immensely proud of our NHS and the dedicated frontline staff who have provided invaluable service and care for the past 75 years. They are the backbone of our healthcare system – without them there is no NHS.
“But thirteen years of Tory cuts and twenty-four years of Labour mismanagement has left it on life-support, with poorer health outcomes and a burnt-out workforce.
“Waiting times are at record levels. Health boards are stuck in special measures. Staff and patients are at breaking point. Our NHS won’t survive another seventy-five years without urgent and drastic action.
“Plaid Cymru has a vision for a better NHS.
“We would prioritise providing a fair pay deal for NHS workers and implement a workforce plan to recruit and retain more doctors and nurses by making our NHS an attractive place to work.
“We would prioritise preventative health measures and ensure a seamless move from health to social care to tackle waiting times.
“We would restore trust between patients and our NHS by putting an end to chronic mismanagement.
“Together, we can rebuild our NHS, making it fit for purpose: a fairer, stronger and better health and social care system in Wales, free at the point of need to all who need it – from the cradle to the grave.
Support our Nation today
For the price of a cup of coffee a month you can help us create an independent, not-for-profit, national news service for the people of Wales, by the people of Wales.