The Labour Party created our NHS and we will protect it against cuts and privatisation. Apart from adopting a sensible cautious approach to the pandemic, and running a much more efficient Test and Trace system than the Conservatives in England, Welsh Labour has delivered important achievements that will benefit Ynys Môn:
• Welsh Labour has promised to deliver a new medical school for North Wales, located in Bangor, to help with recruitment of doctors in the region.
• With Welsh Labour Government support, a new £14 million Emergency Department opened earlier this year at Ysbyty Gwynedd.
• There has been steady improvement in the performance of Betsi Cadwaladr Health Board, which is now out of special measures. Further targeted interventions will ensure improvements in specific areas such as mental health.
Issues remain over GP availability in Holyhead and our local Labour candidates in the Senedd and County Council elections will be making a new medical centre in the town one of our priorities.
More generally, Welsh Labour has delivered key support for the NHS, its staff and patients:
• The recent Welsh Labour Government budget included £630m more in COVID support for our NHS & local services, targeted to help those hardest hit by the pandemic.
• Last week, Welsh Labour Government announced a £500 special payment to 220,000 health and care staff as a gesture of our gratitude.
• Unlike in England, hospital parking for visitors and staff, and NHS prescriptions, are all free.
• Welsh Labour Government’s £80 million New Treatment Fund has sped up access to life-saving drugs, cutting the wait for newly recommended medicines from 90 to 13 days.
• Welsh Labour has delivered the only Veterans NHS Service in the UK, providing support for anyone who has served in the armed forces and is experiencing mental health difficulties related to their military service.
None of this can be taken for granted. A vote for Welsh Labour is the best way to protect our NHS.