Commenting on the Welsh Government’s announcement of £100m to tackle the waiting list backlog in the Welsh NHS, Welsh Conservative MS for Vale of Clwyd, Gareth Davies MS said:
“Sadly, Covid-19 has exposed Labour’s historic mismanagement of our NHS, with underfunding and poor treatment of staff leaving our treasured service incredibly fragile.
“We entered the crisis with record waiting lists and cancer targets not met since 2008, and as we come out of the pandemic, a staggering 1 in 5 people in Wales are now stuck on a waiting list.
“This is causing unnecessary pain and discomfort for hundreds of thousands of people across the country and putting lives at risk, and whilst we welcome any investment to tackle the huge backlog, this injection of cash will only scratch the surface.
“We now need to see clear recovery plans developed and implemented for all areas of public health, utilising cross border and independent facilities to speed up treatment, so we can rebuild the NHS and treat people as quickly as possible.”