Kirsty Williams, Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats, has responded to today's statement on the approved bids for this financial year's Health Technologies Fund. The Welsh Labour Government has credited the idea of the Health Technologies Fund to the Welsh Liberal Democrats, who brought the idea forward in last year's budget negotiations.
Over £15million of approved bids include; £2.15m for a robotic surgery system for prostate cancer in Cardiff, £1.93m for improved colonoscopy with a dedicated £1.93m CT scanner for the colon cancer service at Betsi Cadwaladr UHB and £0.32m for improved mental health services for Aneurin Bevan Health Board.
Commenting, Kirsty Williams, said
"I am extremely proud that the Welsh Liberal Democrats are once again making a difference to the lives of the people of Wales. We proposed the idea of a Health Technologies Fund as we wanted to offer patients better access to innovative treatments that were not routinely available on the Welsh NHS.
"The first year of the fund was disappointing. The main purpose of the Welsh Liberal Democrat policy was to give Welsh patients access to the latest innovations in health, but instead the money was used to replace old and tired equipment. This announcement looks far more encouraging. The devil will be in the detail but some of the approved technologies look very exciting and truly groundbreaking.
"I look forward to seeing the equipment in action and the benefits it will bring to patients here in Wales. In the meantime we will continue to campaign to extend this fund to cover new medicines, so that Welsh patients can access the latest medicines that are more routinely available over the border".