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Thousands of NHS workers report lack of qualified staff

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New figures show more than 10,000 reports have been registered by NHS workers with their bosses about the lack of qualified staff available.

The figures were obtained under the Freedom of Information Act by the Welsh Liberal Democrats.

To have this volume of complaints about the lack of staff available is truly staggering.

These figures paint a picture of a Labour run NHS that is under enormous strain and in desperate need of help.

The Welsh Lib Dems' More Nurses Bill would see Wales become the first country in the UK with a legal duty on safe nurse staffing levels. It will save lives by ensuring a safe level of nurse staffing in our hospitals.

– Kirsty Williams AM, Leader, Welsh Liberal Democrats
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Since 2012, 10,395 official staff reports have been made to health board bosses in Wales.

The Welsh Government says since 1999 the total number of staff working in the Welsh NHS has increased by a third.

Our commitment to the NHS is clear - more than 43% of the total Welsh budget is invested in our health service every year.

There are more doctors, more nurses, more midwives, more paramedics and more dental staff working in the Welsh NHS today than there were 10 years ago. Since 1999, the total number of staff working in the Welsh NHS has increased by a third.

Thanks to our investment, we now have a record 2,000 GPs working in the NHS in Wales, the highest number ever and an increase of 11% since 2003. The number of nursing, midwifery and health visiting staff has increased from 28,157 in 2010 to 28,300 in 2014, accounting for 39% of all NHS Wales staff.

– Welsh Government Spokesperson