Future of Welsh public services 'hangs in the balance' - Leanne Wood
With growing moves towards privatisation of key public services in England coupled with Wales' historic under investment, Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood has urged people in Wales to back the party at the election to keep Welsh public services in public hands and fit for the 21st century.
She said her party's demands for equality of funding for Wales with Scotland was the nation's best hope of protecting and strengthening hard won public assets such as the NHS.
Leanne Wood added that the Westminster parties' commitment to further cuts in the next Parliament would see the Welsh bloc grant - which funds devolved areas such as health and education - slashed by Labour and the Tories alike.
Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood said:
"The future of Wales' treasured public services hangs in the balance at this election.
"Our Welsh Health Service - one of the nation's most precious creations - has come under particular pressure over the last five years. The service has faced a double blow - from Tory underfunding in London and from Labour mismanagement by their administration in Wales.
"Plaid Cymru wants Wales to enjoy world-class public services. Our pupils and patients deserve nothing less. But we are also under no illusion that these world-class standards don't come on the cheap.
"That is why Plaid Cymru is fighting this election on a platform to make the case for Wales to have the same funding deal as Scotland. This would mean an extra £1.2 billion for Wales each year - that's equivalent to £400 to every man, woman and child nationwide.
"With the Tories' privatisation agenda creeping into the NHS in England and with the Labour Welsh Government in denial over its record of running the health service in Wales, it is time for a radical rethink.
"Not only is Plaid Cymru determined to secure a fair funding deal for Wales, we have also put forward pragmatic plans to save and strengthen our NHS. Our clear policies to train and recruit 1,000 extra doctors and to integrate health and social care show that improving care for all our people and communities lies at the heart of our priorities.
"It is only Plaid Cymru putting forward a clear plan to ensure that Wales has the resources and vision required to protect the future of our public services."