Tory MP calls for Boris Johnson to make Welsh NHS more like England’s
A Tory MP has called on Boris Johnson to make the Welsh NHS more like England’s.
James Davies, who represents the Vale of Clwyd asked the UK Prime Minister to intervene in the health system in Wales, despite the issue being devolved to the Senedd.
During Prime Minister’s Questions in the House of Commons, he claimed there are discrepancies in access to health care between Wales and England and suggested the issue could be addressed in the UK Government’s so called ‘levelling up’ agenda.
Wales does not have a market-based system like England, instead focusing on a planning-based approach in which health boards receive core funding allocations based on the size and make-up of their local population.
‘Patients in England’
Davies said: “Patients in England have unfettered access to specialist hospital care anywhere in England, including within world-leading centres of excellence, but my constituents in North Wales have no such automatic choice, with access dependent on restrictive contracts or individual funding requests.
“So will my Right Honourable Friend do all he can to ensure that healthcare features prominently within the UK levelling-up agenda?”
Boris Johnson replied: “I thank my Honourable Friend for his point, and he knows a great deal about the subject.
“We have worked very hard with the Welsh Government throughout the pandemic, supporting them with £8.6 billion of additional funding through the Barnett formula, but clearly we need to learn the lessons together as we bounce forward from this pandemic.”
Speaking after PMQs, Davies said: “As the pandemic subsides and the NHS begins to ramp up provision of routine care, we have the opportunity to put right the mistakes of the past.
“Healthcare is largely devolved but I believe the UK Government has a role in ensuring minimum standards and access to care for all across the United Kingdom.”