Pouring more money into a bottomless well, or a holed bucket is what is occurring in Welsh health. There are seven Welsh Health Boards, in various states of economic degradation. There is no NHS, and so the Welsh Health Service has its own financial budget (Including NHS funding rules), its own litigation fund, its own waiting lists, and its own complication and death rates. These will eventually be compared with the other regions in the UK, and the WHO will report to show the differences after and since devolution. Wales is unsustainable as a devolved health service if the residents expect to have the same standards as England (why not, they pay the same taxes?) In addition, Wales is the region which voted most for Brexit, but according to the “Brexitometer” at the Pembrokeshire County Show the farming community are certainly thinking again. (This picture taken well before end of the show)
ITV news explored the Brexit outcomes for Wales: How will Brexit affect the Welsh NHS? | Wales – ITV News The third question askes if people think that Brexit will be good for the NHS. We all seem agreed, so why not change direction?
Meanwhile, the area of the UK with the greatest recruitment problems, has also got the greatest (pro rata) litigation problems. The money set aside for litigation in N Wales is extraordinary. This is part of a national concern, as staff shortages bite, and standards fall: Concern at ‘spiralling’ health complaints to ombudsman (BBC News today)
This was confirmed by the National Health (funding) Executive. But assessed at £260m
It is hard to get up-to-date information and the “NHS expenditure programme budgets” from the Welsh Government (WG) website does not help. Neither does the WG budgets website. (A work in progress!!) Neither is help offered by the WG beta website (again in development).
Wales is already subsidised by England but The real cost of the English taxpayer subsidising NHS Wales – is twice the official figure
Outside of the cities, Cardiff and Swansea, there are really poor areas, and The agony of Damocles swaord hangs over West Wales..
Projected Litigation funding in N Wales is £90m, and the BBC 9 days ago said ” NHS Wales negligence bill alarming”,
Where recruitment is poor, morale is low and staff sickness, already the worst in the world for any organisation, is desperate. Jez Hemming in the Daily Post 6 days ago: What’s been making North Wales health staff so sick?
This is not a surprise to GPs or NHSreality as Number of GPs in Wales hits lowest level in a decade
Cutting our hospitals could make sense, but there are many threats in doing this. The rules for Yorkshire do not apply in rural Wales. The fourth option for West Wales? Do we want “soft lies and gentle indifference”, until we realise the safety net is failing for us personally?
We are already subsidised by £1,500 per head, and now we have a running deficit: A bigger and bigger deficit in West Wales…… Now at £600 per head……
In Wales, as in many rural areas GPonline Nick Bostock reports: How small GP practices are being pushed towards extinction