Wales has fewer doctors per head of population than Kazakhstan and Moldova, according to Plaid Cymru. The party's made its claim after analysing publicly available statistics and comparing them to figures from the World Health Organisation.
Plaid claims that Wales has 24 doctors per 10,000 people whereas the WHO figures show that Kazakhstan has 38 and Moldova 36. Health spokesperson, Elin Jones said:
– Elin Jones, Plaid Cymru Shadow Health Minister
It is essential that the Welsh Government takes action to increase the number of doctors recruited to Wales. Plaid Cymru has proposed a number of solutions tried and tested in other countries of a similar size to Wales including financial incentives to encourage graduate doctors to practice here and in the short term increased recruitment of doctors from other EU nations. **