Health boards given extra £82 million

The NHS in Wales is getting a cash injection of £82 million. Health Minister Lesley Griffiths denies the extra money is a bailout. She says it'll help the health service meet 'unprecedented pressures' and maintain quality of care.

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UNISON: "Logical and rational response" to demands on Welsh NHS

In response to the Health Minister’s announcement of a £82m contingency fund for struggling health boards, Dawn Bowden, UNISON Cymru/Wales head of health, said:

Clearly, the quality and standards of the NHS in Wales is of the utmost importance to us all.

The NHS and NHS workers in Wales are under enormous and ever increasing pressures. We know that our members strive day in and day out to deliver the best possible care for patients.

UNISON agrees that the contingency funding announced today by the Health Minister will help our members to continue to provide a service they are proud of and so we welcome this decision.

We know that this is not a ‘bail out’, but is a logical and rational response to the demands that the Welsh NHS is currently facing.”

– Dawn Bowden, UNISON Cymru/Wales

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