Addressing doctors at the BMA’s Annual Representative Meeting (ARM) in Brighton, BMA Cymru Wales council chair, David Bailey, said that 76% of doctors in Wales believe health services have worsened over the last 12 months.
Dr Bailey said:
“Recent membership surveys have told us that 38% of you feel that system pressures often prevent the delivery of safe care; that 70% of you are regularly working excess hours to cover rota gaps often without adequate rest; and that rota management for junior and SAS doctors is still obstructive and inadequate.
“Doctors in Wales are faced with ever increasing pressures; too many beds have been cut, there are inadequate resources available, and the rising workload is becoming unsustainable.”
Dr Bailey said he recognised the challenges, but said things were starting to look up:
“There are clear signals that the Welsh Government is really starting to understand what needs to be done to ensure that health services are sustainable for the future.”
He welcomed the Welsh Government’s new plan for Health and Social Care, and identified key commitments which were welcomed by the profession:
“We were pleased that the report identified NHS staff as a key asset for NHS Wales - with greater medical engagement, respect for staff, a focus on recruitment and a more consistent commitment to staff welfare all being promised.
“We also welcomed a commitment to moving resources to community care, better central direction and funds to allow the 64 localities in Wales to develop new innovations.”
“If these promises are made a reality, we could be on the cusp of real and lasting change in Wales.”
Dr Bailey added a note of caution:
“The continued lack of concrete funding commitments and timescales for implementation however, continues to make members nervous.
“Welsh Government must accelerate progression in these areas and get on with the job of working collaboratively with the profession towards an NHS that the staff can be proud of and best serves the patients of Wales.”
Note to Editors:
The Annual Representative Meeting debates policy and issues faced by the medical profession.
Dr Bailey will deliver his speech at 10:35am on Tuesday morning. You can watch a webcast of the event here: https://bma.public-i.tv/core/portal/webcast_interactive/358217
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