Poor state of Welsh health. The experiment with devolution has failed….

Poor state of Welsh health Letter in the Sunday Times 17th December 2019
Labour has announced it will outspend the Tories on the NHS and reduce waiting times. Here in Wales the NHS has been devolved to the Labour–led Welsh assembly since 1999. Waiting-time targets for most elective surgery are twice those in England (36 weeks as opposed to 18) and even then are often exceeded.

The Welsh NHS also performs considerably worse in A&E waiting times, with some health boards even allowing 12-hour waits.
Eleanor London, Penarth, Vale of Glamorgan

Devolution of health to Wales was a mistake?

Wales is bust, and cannot pay for its citizens care. Devolution has failed. This is the thin end of a very large wedge..

The advantages of mutuality are being shunned. Purchasing power in small regions is little. Choices are disappearing.. Hammond is unlikely to help ..

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About Roger Burns - retired GP

I am a retired GP and medical educator. I have supported patient participation throughout my career, and my practice, St Thomas; Surgery, has had a longstanding and active Patient Participation Group (PPG). I support the idea of Community Health Councils, although I feel they should be funded at arms length from government. I have taught GP trainees for 30 years, and been a Programme Director for GP training in Pembrokeshire 20 years. I served on the Pembrokeshire LHG and LHB for a total of 10 years. I completed an MBA in 1996, and I along with most others, never had an exit interview from any job in the NHS! I completed an MBA in 1996, and was a runner up for the Adam Smith prize for economy and efficiency in government in that year. This was owing to a suggestion (St Thomas' Mutual) that practices had incentives for saving by being allowed to buy rationed out services in the following year.

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