1. ITV Report

Extra £30m to help cut NHS waiting times in Wales

£30m extra funding has been announced for health boards to reduce waiting lists across Wales.

Over the last two years, £100 million of additional funding has been provided to NHS Wales to reduce referral to treatment, diagnostic and therapy waiting times.

Health boards have now submitted plans to access funding from the £30m performance fund to reduce waiting lists by March next year.

Health boards will only receive the full amount of funding if they meet the agreed delivery targets to cut waiting lists.

Health Secretary, Vaughan Gething AM, says there needs to be new ways to reduce times for patients:

This extra funding is available to health boards to help them reduce waiting times in key pressure areas. I recently announced our long term vision for the NHS and Social Care, A Healthier Wales, backed by £100m to transform the way the service is delivered in the future. But in the short to medium term we also need to find new ways to reduce waiting times for patients who have already waited beyond our targets.

Health boards will need to meet the targets they set out in order to receive the full funding. I expect to see significant improvements on waiting times as we did in the first two years of this fund.

– Vaughan Gething AM, Health Secretary

The £30m is from the Welsh Government health budget and not related to the recent UK Government announcement for extra NHS funding.