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Welsh Government 'sticking plaster' on health services

From BBC - December 4, 2017

Sticking plasters are being put over problems in the health service by the Welsh Government, a senior AM has said.

Simon Thomas, chairman of the assembly's finance committee, said there was a gap between the Welsh Government's rhetoric and delivery.

The committee said prioritising spending on health did not seem to to be resulting in improved services or better financial planning.

The Welsh Government maintained it was investing in the health service.

The cross-party finance committee said increasing money available for the NHS comes at the expense of local government.

There will be an increase of 230m for the NHS in 2018-19 and a further 220 in 2019-20.

"The committee is concerned that health funding continues to form a growing proportion of the government budget, while evidence on the required scale of progress to transform services to prevent or reduce demand is lacking, particularly when considered against the cuts to local government," members said in a report.

It focuses on the Welsh Government's draft budget and will be debated in the Senedd on Tuesday.

The budget is likely to pass thanks to a deal between Labour and Plaid Cymru.

The committee also said there should be "clearer links" between the Welsh Government's plans and how it spends its money.

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