Health: Delivering in Government

In government, Plaid has:

  • stopped the Labour plans to downgrade and close local hospitals, instead investing more than £800 million in Llanelli, Aberystwyth, Llandudno, Carmarthen, Merthyr Tydfil, Wrexham and Cardiff;
  • provided brand new hospitals in the Cynon Valley, Tremadog, Ebbw Vale, Caerphilly, Ystrad Mynach and Holywell;
  • ended the internal market between the provider and commissioner of services in the NHS, improving patient care;
  • announced £4 million of funding for hospices and palliative care services across Wales;
  • introduced legislation for a system of soft presumed consent for organ donation;
  • secured the creation of seven more efficient Local Health Boards instead of twenty two different local authority health departments;
  • invested £190 million in public health and health improvement, including tobacco control and sexual health, as well as extending the health inequalities fund;
  • established pilot Community Wellbeing Centres, involving a range of healthcare services;
  • reduced waiting times to 26 weeks from referral to treatment;
  • campaigned for and will continue to protect free prescriptions in Wales;
  • scrapped expensive TV and phone charges for patients in hospitals;
  • abolished hospital car parking charges, helping outpatients and their families in particular, especially cancer and other long-term illness patients;
  • ensured that every school in Wales will have a dedicated school nurse by 2011;
  • established a National Institute of Health Research;
  • invested millions in extra funding for palliative care in Wales;
  • achieved the devolution of legislative competence over mental health services;
  • focused on improving mental health services, including new units in Cardiff, Wrexham, Swansea and Aberystwyth, a national action plan for Children and Adolescent Mental Health services, and a new well being service for veterans;
  • invested in £4.5m a year in improved cancer care and services;
  • extra investment in hospitals in areas such as Llandudno, Aberystwyth and Llanelli;
  • introduced a Rural Health Plan to give patients better access to pharmacies and multi-skilled healthcare professionals
  • introduced a maximum weekly charge in Wales of £50 for all domiciliary care services;
  • developed pilot projects for new not-for-profit nursing homes;
  • delivered a new Charter of Patients' Rights;
  • has been working to eliminate the use of the private sector, including PFI, in the NHS in Wales. We reject Conservative plans in England to open up the NHS to new private sector providers and introduce league tables. Plaid believes in the public ownership and delivery of the NHS.