Wales Online today reports the concerns of Dr Richard Lewis, Welsh secretary of the British Medical Association regarding what he refers to as 'knee jerk' reactions in the Welsh health service which are adversely affecting patient care.
Dr Lewis is quoted as saying that
It was vital for the health service to find efficient ways to provide care that would not put patients at risk and if the NHS had the right measures in place, it would automatically make financial savings in the long run.
"We know from the evidence that short-term actions based on financial burdens are not an efficient way to run the service. There is significant and overwhelming evidence to show that when health systems are running efficiently, it's more cost effective."
He refers in particular to the reduction in the number of hospital beds, and says the decisions are often taken on the basis of short term financial gains which in the longer term cost more both financially and in terms of patient care. Dr Lewis also criticises targets that are not based on clinical need.
It is the latest in a long line of scathing attacks on the management of the health service in Wales and yet another example of the failures of the Welsh Labour Government to get to grips with the chronic issues affecting patient care and staff morale.
The Welsh Liberal Democrats in RCT and at the Assembly have long argued that it is not more money the health service needs but better management and political direction to ensure that resources are properly targeted. Labour are once again letting down the people of Wales.