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Plaid Cymru sets out plans to recruit 500 GPs and restore junior doctors pay

23 Mar 2024 3 minute read
Mabon ap Gwynfor

Plaid Cymru has highlighted the Welsh Government’s failure to reduce NHS waiting lists and laid out its plans for addressing the crisis in Wales’ health and care services.

In a speech at the party’s spring conference today (23 March) Mabon ap Gwynfor MS, Plaid’s health and care spokesperson, highlighted the link between poverty and poor health, saying that the government’s failure to tackle child poverty is shoring up future demand on our health service.

He said that steps need to be taken now to “give our children a better chance at playing a full part in society and live their lives with dignity.”

Strategy

Plaid Cymru’s strategy for addressing the problems in health and social care includes:

  • Retention and training programme to recruit 500 more GPs over a two term period.
  • Restore general practice budget to 8.7% of the NHS spend, reversing a decade of cuts.
  • Ensure carers in Wales are paid at least £1 an hour above the real living wage.
  • Restoring pay levels for junior doctors.
  • Creating contracts with the hours and flexibility that nurses need.

Poverty

Mr ap Gwynfor MS said: “If we really want to tackle the health crisis, then we really need to tackle poverty. The stark facts are that if you live in a more deprived community in Wales, you are more likely to get cancer and more likely to die from cancer. 1 in 5 of all hospital visits due to respiratory illness are as a result of poor, damp housing. And study after study have demonstrated the link between poverty and diabetes.

“The fact that a third of our children are living in poverty today – a damning indictment on this government’s dreadful record in government – means that we know that the health crisis is chronic and is here for at least another generation, unless urgent steps are taken to turn this around.

“The response from Labour in Wales has been to blame individuals and tell them to take more personal responsibility, whilst simultaneously denying there’s a crisis in our health service, cutting funds for preventative programmes and restricting the budget for local authorities who fund many of the leisure centres and healthy living activities.

“A Plaid Cymru government would acknowledge that the problems in our health service run deep and we would take immediate action to address the problems in primary care by funding more doctors. We’d also listen to the demands of the striking workforce by restoring the pay levels of junior doctors, and giving nurses the flexibility they need in their NHS contracts.

“We’d also address the issues at the point that patients need to leave the health service, by properly paying our carers. Plaid Cymru’s message to our carers is that if you care for our loved ones, then a Plaid Cymru government will care for you. We would ensure carers in Wales are paid at least £1 an hour above the real living wage ”


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Richard
Richard
25 days ago

Sounds great. How will they pay for it all?

Che Guevara's Fist
Che Guevara's Fist
25 days ago
Reply to  Richard

Maybe we should be left with nothing after giving England all of our tax money?

Iago Traferth
Iago Traferth
25 days ago

In the olden days they used to come to Wales as tourists and spend that money but they don’t come any more.

Che Guevara's Fist
Che Guevara's Fist
25 days ago
Reply to  Iago Traferth

They don’t need to. In these modern days they buy most of the housing stock and rent it to rich foreigners for a profit. We see none of it.

Rhddwen y Sais
Rhddwen y Sais
25 days ago

Rubbish

Iago Traferth
Iago Traferth
25 days ago
Reply to  Richard

Possibly get a loan from the SNP.

Last edited 25 days ago by Iago Traferth
Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
25 days ago

Um ! YG, BC they spell a shortened life for the elderly, the vulnerable and the infirm…

Mabon, concentrate on the life and death of the here and now…

Find a working replacement for the Baroness…

Believe me, she is a ‘Jonah’…

Welshman28
Welshman28
24 days ago

Perhaps they should start by getting an education before entering politics. Do they seriously discuss these plans before making them public.

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