Devolution is explanation

HOW odd that Conservative AM Nick Ramsey feels that there is a “Berlin Wall” being built between the NHS in England and the NHS in Wales. Does he not realise that health is a devolved issue with completely separate budgets so in effect it is now a “regional health service” as alluded to by his Westminster counterpart David Davies?

As an AM, Mr Ramsey is quite empowered to argue that his constituents be allowed to “buy in” the much more expensive services from the English NHS.

I do hope that both gentlemen are arguing as vociferously for people living just the English side of the border, but patients of Monmouthshire GPs get free prescriptions from the Welsh NHS. As both have served as AMs, I sometimes wonder if either really has a grasp of what devolution means?

A Bond Tramway Close Cwmbran

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5:27pm Mon 7 Jan 13

Mervyn James says...

We have devolved decisions but half the funding that is the problem. NHS Wales is in meltdown, many trusts could fail completely in a few years, 6 are going from hand to mouth already using up next years finance to keep this year going.

This a recipe for the 'perfect financial storm'.... There are already many sectors of the welsh population who cannot access the NHS in Wales at all, the support, and the expertise simply does not exist for it to happen,and the funds to send them where it is doesn't exist..
We have devolved decisions but half the funding that is the problem. NHS Wales is in meltdown, many trusts could fail completely in a few years, 6 are going from hand to mouth already using up next years finance to keep this year going. This a recipe for the 'perfect financial storm'.... There are already many sectors of the welsh population who cannot access the NHS in Wales at all, the support, and the expertise simply does not exist for it to happen,and the funds to send them where it is doesn't exist.. Mervyn James

7:58am Tue 8 Jan 13

Llanmartinangel says...

And yet Wales spends more per patient than England which just goes to illustrate that money is not the issue.
http://m.bbc.co.uk/n
ews/uk-wales-1863408
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And yet Wales spends more per patient than England which just goes to illustrate that money is not the issue. http://m.bbc.co.uk/n ews/uk-wales-1863408 0 Llanmartinangel

7:21pm Tue 8 Jan 13

Mervyn James says...

Wales doesn't have the expertise here,a lot of the money is used to fund services provided in England, who can. In wales too, there is no prevention or healthy lifestyle addressed so they tend to wait until people are seriously ill before offering treatments, that will cost more too.

I do know the mental health areas in Wales and disabled children sectors e.g. have to rely on English professionals for major treatment, Wales, hasn't any. education also.

There was an Argus story a few months ago a deaf child being unable to go to any school in Wales because none exist for deaf children, that child commutes to this day to Bristol and back daily. The other languish in 'annex's' with little or no real pro support, and this is despite an 40% instance of poor MH in deaf children, they, are tomorrows 'drain' on the welsh NHS. If they need help Wales has to 'export' them elsewhere, and it doesn't come cheap.
Wales doesn't have the expertise here,a lot of the money is used to fund services provided in England, who can. In wales too, there is no prevention or healthy lifestyle addressed so they tend to wait until people are seriously ill before offering treatments, that will cost more too. I do know the mental health areas in Wales and disabled children sectors e.g. have to rely on English professionals for major treatment, Wales, hasn't any. education also. There was an Argus story a few months ago a deaf child being unable to go to any school in Wales because none exist for deaf children, that child commutes to this day to Bristol and back daily. The other languish in 'annex's' with little or no real pro support, and this is despite an 40% instance of poor MH in deaf children, they, are tomorrows 'drain' on the welsh NHS. If they need help Wales has to 'export' them elsewhere, and it doesn't come cheap. Mervyn James

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