Lib Dem spending plans would result in an additional £300m per year for the welsh NHS, the party has announced today.
The NHS and social care would receive an extra £6bn a year from the Liberal Democrats resulting in an additional £300m per year in Wales. The new funding is the first of the party’s election manifesto commitments and will be paid for through an immediate 1p rise on all rates of income tax.
The Welsh Liberal Democrats would call on the Welsh Government to direct additional resources to the NHS and social care services.
This is the party’s flagship spending commitment and its first major policy announcement for the election. The Liberal Democrats manifesto will set out a ‘five-point recovery plan’ for NHS and social care services in their manifesto.
Welsh Liberal Democrat Leader Mark Williams said:
“The NHS is a national treasure and cannot be taken for granted. This is the first step in ensuring that our doctors and nurses can provide the very best care for patients.
“A penny on the pound to save the NHS is money well spent in our view.
“Providing more money alone is not enough. We need to look urgently at how we protect health and care services long-term, by keeping people fit and healthy and out of hospital.
“Under Liberal Democrat plans this new funding will be targeted to those areas that have the greatest impact on patient care such as social care, general practice, mental health and public health."