Dr Philip Banfield, Chair of BMA Cymru Wales’ Welsh Council, said:
“BMA Cymru Wales welcomes the £50m allocated to sustaining services for patients during the busy winter period.
“It is important that our previous warnings are heard. The NHS in Wales is underprepared for fluctuations in demand that are occurring throughout the year, not just in winter. There is now constant pressure impacting significantly on emergency departments, generating severe challenges in bed access throughout hospitals.
“The reality is that we have closed too many beds to get patients in and out of the system in a timely manner. Unfortunately this has corresponded with a significant fall in community and nursing care beds.
“The extra surge in morbidity and illness during the winter months also has a major impact on primary care: general practice is facing unprecedented challenges and BMA Cymru Wales continues to campaign for general practice to be given the resources and support needed to respond flexibly to the needs of patients.
“We look forward to hearing where in the system the £50m will be made available. It is hugely important to stop the decline in primary care and community services, which would enable patients to remain at home, return there more quickly and stay there, rather than returning to hospital because discharge occurred prematurely or without adequate support.”
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