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Wales Programmes

Sharp End, 25th April

Hundreds of thousands of people in Wales are on a waiting list in need of hospital treatment. As the numbers continue to rise, the health system continues to bear significant strain. Things were difficult before the pandemic, but that has just made the situation worse.

One area of the NHS that has significant wait times is dentistry. Rob Osborne has been to a dentist in Chepstow where one practitioner says the budget for NHS dentists in Wales needs to be increased to keep up with demand.

To try and combat the problem of waiting lists across the NHS, the Welsh Government is set to announce a plan to try and reduce the backlog. It says it has a target that by 2025 no one in Wales should be waiting more than a year for treatment. Giving more details on the plan, Rob chats with the Health Minister, Eluned Morgan.

Seeing what the view from the frontline is, Rob also chats with those who represent hospitals and staff. He's joined in the studio by Darren Hughes from the Welsh NHS Confederation and Helen Whyley from the Royal College of Nursing. Joining from home is Dr Phil Banfield from the British Medical Association.

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Wales Programmes