In response to the Welsh Government’s announcement to invest £100m for the NHS recovery, BMA Cymru Wales chair Dr David Bailey said:
“We welcome this news, and hope that it provides some comfort to patients and NHS staff throughout Wales.
“The initial £100m investment will start to address the devastating impact on the lives of people on waiting lists, many living in pain. As doctors we want to end their suffering as quickly as possible so that they can begin to rebuild their lives.
“It is, however only the tip of the iceberg and we want to be clear that treating such a significant number of patients (17% of the population and rising) will take years and the pandemic will leave a lasting legacy requiring unprecedented levels of funding for NHS care in Wales.
“We’re pleased to see that the Welsh Government has recognised some of the initial investment gaps we have identified in existing services such as staff retention. Expanding and retaining the NHS workforce will be crucial as we face this enormous task. It remains vital that we protect the wellbeing of this invaluable, highly skilled yet exhausted population of healthcare workers so that they can carry out this life-changing work and remain in Wales.
“This includes proper pay recognition to address a legacy of real term cuts and ensuring staff are provided with adequate rest and facilities to enable them to carry out complex procedures and deliver the highest standard of care that patients deserve.
“Welsh Government has clearly heard our calls for Investment in diagnostics, estates and new technology; it is essential that such changes are introduced in consultation with frontline staff to ensure they are most effective for staff and patients.
“We look forward to working with Welsh Government to determine where the rest of the proposed £1 billion investment in NHS services will be spent”.
Notes to editors
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