CLWYD SOUTH AM KEN SKATES has welcomed an announcement that the Welsh Labour Government has committed an extra £2.2m to recruit more nurses for North Wales hospitals.
The Labour AM said the funding for Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, part of an additional £10m across Wales, would provide a huge boost to the Welsh Government’s ongoing drive to improve healthcare.
KEN SKATES AM said: “The additional funding will allow the NHS in Wales to recruit the medical and surgical ward nurses needed for the future, and work is currently under way to introduce a new way of determining the number of nurses needed on wards to meet those needs.
“This extra £2.2m for North Wales will provide a huge boost towards the Welsh Labour Government’s aim of improving healthcare, and I hope it will also help alleviate some of the burden on the dedicated and hard-working nurses currently employed in our hospitals.”
The funding, which is based on population shares, is expected to fund about 290 posts across Wales. Mr Skates also welcomed the latest phase of the Welsh Labour Government’s investment in health technology which will see more than £15m injected into 21 projects nationwide, including almost £2m on improving colon cancer services in North Wales.