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£50m to 'further reduce' NHS waiting times

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The Welsh Government has unveiled plans to invest £50m into the NHS in Wales to help reduce waiting times.

Health Secretary Vaughan Gething says the money will be targeted to improve waiting times for elective surgery, diagnostics and therapies.

The demand on the NHS in Wales, as well as across the other nations in the UK, continues to grow. This places additional pressures on the service to deliver timely care for patients.

While I expect health boards to plan and deliver sustainable services that meet the needs of their local populations, the £50m investment I’m announcing today will help NHS Wales deal with the extra demand by further reducing waiting times in key areas – such as elective surgery, diagnostics and therapies.

– Vaughan Gething AM, Health Secretary

Referrals to hospital based services have increased by around 20% over the last five years - up to 1.27 million in the 12 months ending March 2016.

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