£3.5m cash boost for health services unveiled

First published in News

THE Welsh health minister announced a funding boost extra funding of £3.5million yesterday [Friday, July 18] to go towards reducing inequalities in local communities.

Mark Drakeford AM, said primary healthcare services across Wales are set to get a boost to deliver a wide-range of services locally rather than depending on hospitals.

The funding, which will be made available from this year, will also be used to develop primary care teams and provide eye care services closer to home.

Professor Drakeford said the money would also help to create a workforce to use GPs’ time more effectively and train more advanced nurses, therapists and pharmacists to work alongside GPs.

Because of the funding, work can be made towards reducing premature deaths from cardiovascular disease in deprived communities.

Professor Drakeford said: “We have a health service which is free at the point of need but that doesn’t mean that it is free of obligation – we all have a duty to take responsibility for our own health and to use our health services appropriately.

“This new funding will help realise our ambition to create a strong, highly-trained primary care workforce, which can deliver a wide-range of services in local communities, reducing our dependence on hospital-based care.

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6:51pm Sat 19 Jul 14

gingertom says...

In 2005 dr brian gibbons who was then health minister promised to reduce healthcare inequalities with his design for life document. It never happened so I won't hold my breath.
We need a public inquiry into the welsh nhs once and for all here is a petition for people to sign:

https://www.assembly
wales.org/epetition-
list-of-signatories.
htm?pet_id=1019
In 2005 dr brian gibbons who was then health minister promised to reduce healthcare inequalities with his design for life document. It never happened so I won't hold my breath. We need a public inquiry into the welsh nhs once and for all here is a petition for people to sign: https://www.assembly wales.org/epetition- list-of-signatories. htm?pet_id=1019 gingertom
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4:44pm Mon 21 Jul 14

Severn40 says...

A copy and paste press release from the Welsh Government. Come on Argus, show some journalistic investigation. The press release itself is vague. It says £3.5m from this year. How long is it - one year or more? Is it being spread across the whole of Wales or parts. How much for the areas in Gwent. I think if you looked a little bit deeper, the money would represent around £150K for each area. Top slice 20% for the usual overhead costs and you are left with £120K for one year. Will that make a DIFFERENCE? Perhaps not but Labour Ministers get more endless spin.
A copy and paste press release from the Welsh Government. Come on Argus, show some journalistic investigation. The press release itself is vague. It says £3.5m from this year. How long is it - one year or more? Is it being spread across the whole of Wales or parts. How much for the areas in Gwent. I think if you looked a little bit deeper, the money would represent around £150K for each area. Top slice 20% for the usual overhead costs and you are left with £120K for one year. Will that make a DIFFERENCE? Perhaps not but Labour Ministers get more endless spin. Severn40
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