Responding to the publication of the Welsh Government’s Draft Budget for 2021-22, Nesta Lloyd-Jones, Assistant Director of the Welsh NHS Confederation said:
“The NHS in Wales welcomes the proposed £9.06bn for health and social services outlined in the Welsh Government’s draft budget for 2021-22. The NHS will look to use this money to provide the best care for everyone in Wales and to support health and care services as we look towards recovering from the pandemic.
“This money will be used to continue to do all we can to respond to Coronavirus and care for anyone in Wales who have health and wellbeing needs. We are also pleased to see the additional funding to help support local government and social services who have done such crucial work throughout the pandemic.
“It will be important that once the Coronavirus pandemic is over that we do all we can to help Wales recover from the indirect consequences of this virus. That means we will have to utilise this money to help get people back on their feet and support those who need our care the most.
“We also cannot ignore the fact that other budget lines have taken a hit due to the economic consequences of the pandemic. NHS leaders are committed to working with partners from across public sector so we may rise collectively to the challenges we face. The things we have been able to achieve together throughout the pandemic will not be forgotten.
“This has been a difficult time for many and there will also be difficult times to come. The NHS in Wales is with you every step of the way.”
To view the Welsh NHS Confederation’s response to the Senedd Finance Committee WG draft budget click the link below