Health and care services in Wales are under significant pressure. An ageing population with increasingly complex needs and staff shortages continue to present very real challenges to the NHS and social services.
Bernardine Rees, Chair of the Welsh NHS Confederation said:
“We warmly welcome the additional £500 million allocated to health and social care in 2019-20 draft budget, including the £192 million towards implementing the long-term plan for health and social care, A Healthier Wales. This funding will provide a much needed injection of funding to meet increasing costs in the NHS, while also helping us to invest in new health and care services in our communities.
“We recognise the Welsh Government’s decision to invest in the NHS particularly in the context of continued austerity, has direct implications for other local services which make a vital contribution to the health and wellbeing of the population. The sustainability of the health and care system is especially dependent on the crucial role of social services and we therefore welcome any additional investment in social care.
“We await the Chancellor’s Budget Statement later this month and hope that this will signal an easing of austerity that will benefit the Welsh Government budget and therefore wider public services. In the meantime we will continue to work closely with our local government partners and other stakeholders to make the best of the resources available to us.”