Friday, January 13, 2023

Health Secretary says the Welsh Government can do more to support the NHS

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Eluned Morgan told S4C’s Y Byd yn ei Le program that a government could “always do more”.

It comes after unions expressed disappointment following a meeting with the health secretary to discuss a one-off payment for NHS workerss.

Following Thursday’s talks, unions including Unite, Unison and RCN told Latest Page News Wales that amounts had been discussed but no firm salary offer had been agreed.

The Welsh Government hopes a one-off salary offer will end the strikes Around 1,500 ambulance workers from the GMB union march through Wales on Wednesday.

More than 1,000 rescue workers who are members of the Unite union are still on the job take part in industrial action on January 19 and 23.

During her interview on Y Byd yn ei LeAsked, Ms Morgan was asked whether in its 23 years in power the Welsh Government had missed opportunities to put the NHS in a better place to deal with this winter’s crisis.

She replied:

“Let us be clear that a government can always do more, always more. We have an older population so of course we can do more, there is always room to do more.

“But I think it’s important for people to understand that there is a challenge here. For example, when Aneurin Bevan founded the NHS in 1948, people worked until they were 65 and died at 68. That was the reality.

“To date the success of the NHS has also created a problem for the NHS because now people live so long and have such complex problems, perhaps we as a society have not accepted how much more we have to pay for this gap. “

Mrs Morgan had recently urged the public to take care of themselves to ease the pressure on the Welsh public health system.

Speaking to Latest Page News Wales News, she said there needs to be “a really honest conversation” with the public about how they can help ease some of the pressure on the NHS.

She said: “We are in a situation where I think we have to acknowledge that we have an older population, an aging population with more complex needs.

“One of the things we need to do is have a really honest conversation with the public about what they can do to help us take the pressure off.

“But by really doing more to take care of ourselves, by eating well, by doing more fitness, by making sure they understand their responsibilities in relation to their own health too – that will take some of the pressure off the NHS .”

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