I’m against more tax to pay for NHS
A REVIEW of the NHS in England suggests that we need to increase tax revenue to maintain the current level of service in the NHS. As a tax payer, I am totally against paying more taxes so that the current shower running the health service in Wales can waste even more money.
Several changes need to happen to the NHS in Wales. The first is we have to restore the respect for the frontline staff by introducing the Scottish model of salary, terms and conditions of employment for our nursing staff.
In England more than £2bn a year of money allocated to patient care is spent on paying commission to private companies for agency staff. In Wales it is £200m a year and the figure is growing every year. With innovative thinking it is possible to reduce this amount in the short term and reinvest the money into patient care. The only solution in the long term is to invest in the future of the NHS by training 1,000 more doctors and 4,000 more nurses. This will go a long way to eradicate the need for agency staff, fill the gap where there is a shortage of GPs, and go a long way to reduce the extremely high levels of waiting lists.
We have to be more innovative in the way patient care is delivered, and I would also suggest that social services come under the umbrella of the NHS. We do not need the management structure that exists in our civil service and the NHS. The not for profit organisations and professional organisations ie RCN Wales, BMA Wales etc have to be included in mapping the future of the NHS in Wales.
With both the Westminster and Welsh governments acting like lemmings, leading us over the precipice to the economic ruin of Brexit, our taxes are going to be increased, which is going to mean that we will be forced to change our health service, because people will be loath to pay any further taxes.
Illtyd ap Dafydd Nantyffyllon, Maesteg