I’m against more tax to pay for NHS

Glamorgan Gazette - - Your Views -

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

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