The Health Secretary Vaughan Gething has announced an additional £10 million to help relieve winter pressures on health and social care services in Wales.
£10m is approximately 0.14% of the total health budget for the year, (which is £7bn).
The Welsh Government says the funding will be used to support:
the ambulance service
social care services
the increase in people using services at this time of year
The Welsh Government says it will help relieve pressure across the whole system from primary care through to hospital care and social services in Wales, for example enabling older people to leave hospital more quickly through the use of support packages where appropriate.
The Health Secretary says he has also taken action to relieve pressure on GPs.
What we have seen in the recent days is a system that is under extreme pressure.
But some people say that £10 million is just "a drop in the ocean."
I am pleased to see the Welsh Government take this action and am fully supportive of it.
The extra funding is of course welcome. We hope the money is not swallowed up in wider budgets; we urge health boards to allocate specific funding to support general practice and out of hours services which are under enormous strain. A thriving primary care sector will deliver care in people’s communities and keep patients out of hospitals, to the benefit of the entire Welsh NHS.
While any extra cash to the health service is to be welcomed, in the face of the current pressures this really is a meaningless gesture from the Cabinet Secretary.