This election for many people comes down to who can be trusted to save and strengthen the NHS in Wales. We thankfully have more than a choice of running it down or selling it off. Previously under Labour the NHS in Wales had been run down and over centralised, with services such as local A&E departments being downgraded. While the Tories, all our NHS services would be at risk of privatisation.
This election is seen by many, as a referendum on the way our NHS is run. Under Labour it has been run down and over centralised; under the Tories it could be sold off. Only Plaid Cymru will deliver high quality hospital services delivered as close to people as possible.
Centralisation has not worked, and flies in the face of geographical reality this is why Plaid Cymru will seek to develop a strong network of hospital services throughout Wales, with community and life-saving services delivered as close to home as possible, and a network of specialist services serving the nation as a whole.
After seventeen years of Labour rule, patients in Wales have to wait longer for services than elsewhere in the UK. Welsh patients and our NHS staff deserve much better. We deserve a comprehensive service that is planned and managed properly. Plaid Cymru is the change Wales needs.
It’s time for a party with clear plans to save and strengthen the NHS. Plaid Cymru will increase the number of doctors and nurses in NHS, reduce waiting times by speeding up test and discharge times, and will ensure that hospital services remain close to people. Only the Party of Wales can be trusted to protect hospital services.
A Plaid Cymru government will work to deliver hospital services as close to patients as possible, by creating a Community NHS to deliver primary care services as close to home as possible, providing consultant-led Accident and Emergency and Maternity services within one hour’s reach of rural and peripheral communities, and a network of specialist treatment centres serving the nation as a whole.