The Welsh Liberal Democrats have today launched their 3-point plan for the NHS that puts patients first.
Unveiling the party’s plans at the Royal Welsh Show, Kirsty Williams, Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats, said that the 3-point plan will be a key part of the party’s manifesto.
The 3 point plan is:
- Guaranteed access to your GP – The Welsh Lib Dems would make it easier for you to get an appointment with your GP. People often find the process to get an appointment too restrictive. We would end this unfairness. We would properly invest in an Access to GPs scheme to guarantee a prompt appointment and extend GP opening hours.
- End mental health discrimination – The Welsh Lib Dems have a strong record of fighting for better mental health services. We believe mental health should not be ignored or stigmatised. We would ensure it is taken as seriously as physical health. We would ensure that patients suffering from mental health have the same rights to access treatments as those requiring physical care.
- More nurses on our wards – Patients deserve the very best care. That is why the Welsh Lib Dems’ More Nurses plan would ensure we have a safe number of nurses on our wards. Nurses in Wales have more patients to care for than any other country in the UK – we will change this. It’s time for a good news story in the Welsh NHS and that is what we will deliver.
Speaking at the show in Llanelwedd, Kirsty Williams AM said:
“This is an ambitious plan for Wales because the Welsh Liberal Democrats want to deliver a health service that people deserve.
“For too long patients’ views have been side-lined and ignored. We’ll put patients front and centre of our health service.
“The Welsh Liberal Democrats have a wide range of policies and reforms for our health service. These three key policies will be at the very heart of our plans to improve our NHS.
“People are absolutely fed up of finding it a real struggle to make an appointment and access their GP. In this day and age, everyone should be able to make an appointment easily – that is what the Welsh Liberal Democrats will deliver.
“We will continue our campaign for mental health patients have the same rights as patients with physical health problems, and we’ll improve safety and care by ensuring the safe number of nurses on our wards.
“It’s time to put patients first, not politics. This is why the Welsh Lib Dems are calling for a cross-party commission to look at the future of our NHS. Our NHS is too important to make cheap party political points about, so we once again call on the Tories and Plaid to stand up for patients rather than simply sitting back and shouting from the side-lines."