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A thousand extra doctors in Wales

Only Plaid Cymru’s plans will save and strengthen the NHS

The Party of Wales’ plans to save and strengthen the NHS will drive up doctor numbers, bring down waiting times and make it a dynamic service that will meet the needs of the people of Wales.

Plaid Cymru’s Arfon candidate Hywel Williams said that at present the Welsh NHS us under severe pressure because of poor management and ineffective planning. Hywel Williams said that patients are being let down and doctors and nurses are being put under incredible pressure because of the UK Coalition Government’s cuts and Labour Welsh Government’s mismanagement.

Plaid Cymru has plans to:

Recruit a thousand extra doctors to keep the NHS sustainable in all parts of Wales, improve access to GPs, and cut waiting times.

Fully integrate Health and Social Care services in order to ensure a better flow of patients through the hospital and care system, and ensure the needs of the patient are the priority.

Increasing the capacity of the ambulance service, nursing and paramedic staff.

Oppose the TTIP EU trade deal that could privatise the NHS.

The Party of Wales’ Arfon candidate Hywel Williams said:

“Plaid Cymru has ambitious plans to strengthen our NHS and training and recruiting a thousand extra doctors is a fundamental part of that plan.

“The Labour party’s plans to recruit an extra 8,000 doctors across England and Wales is likely to mean fewer than 400 doctors in Wales, particularly when we consider that Wales currently trains less than our proportional share of doctors.

“That’s why Plaid Cymru’s plans focus on training as well as recruitment. We want to increase the capacity of Welsh medical schools, because we know that students who train in Wales are likely to stay in Wales to work.

“And recruitment of doctors must focus target the gaps. Plaid Cymru will introduce structured financial incentives to recruit doctors in problematic areas so that we can plug any gaps and make our NHS strong and sustainable.”