Labour’s NHS election pledge welcomed by Vale of Clwyd AM & MP

Ann Jones and Chris Ruane have warmly welcomed the Labour Party’s election pledge to invest Wales’ share of the proposed Mansion Tax, tobacco levy and crackdown on tax avoidance into recruiting 1,000 new doctors, nurses and frontline staff for the Welsh NHS.

Chris Ruane, Labour MP for the Vale of Clwyd said:

“Labour is for the many, not the few.

“Ring fencing this £600m specifically for NHS nurses, doctors and health personnel in Wales shows the priority which Labour places on investing in our NHS”.

Ann Jones, Labour AM for the Vale of Clwyd said:

“Recruitment has been incredibly difficult for some time now and training more frontline staff will help relieve some of the unperfected demand that our NHS has faced over the past few years.

“It is absolutely fair that those with the broadest shoulders contribute the most, so we can shore up the future of our beloved NHS which delivers for people right across the country day in, day out.

“With UKIP showing their full colours by advocating an American style system and the Tories already privatising swathes of the NHS in England, it is clear that only a vote for Labour will protect our NHS”.

The full consequential of Labour’s Mansion Tax, tobacco levy and money generated through cracking down on tax evasion will be around £600m for Wales, or £120m a year over the next Parliament.

Training extra doctors and nurses for the NHS of the future is important but the NHS of the future in Wales is not just about having more doctors and nurses. Therapists – physiotherapists, occupational therapists, pharmacists – have an increasingly important role to play in the Welsh NHS, especially in helping people stay out of hospital.