North Wales awarded share of £25m Health Technologies Fund

Labour AM for the Vale of Clwyd Ann Jones has praised the Welsh Labour Government’s announcement that a funding package of £25million will support investment in the latest health technology.

The three-year investment package, which was announced by the Welsh Labour Government’s Health Minister, Lesley Griffiths, consists of £5m in 2012-13, and £10m in the following two financial years (2013-14 and 2014-15).

£5m has been allocated to high priority technology investments for 2012-13 as follows:

• a linear accelerator for Ysbyty Glan Clwyd in Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board (BCUHB).
• a replacement CT scanner in Ysbyty Gwynedd, Bangor in BCUHB.

Other projects benefitting from this funding include:

• genetics equipment at the Wales Institute of Medical Genetics at Cardiff and Vale University Health Board, to include a next generation sequencer to allow rapid genetic sequencing.
• replacement ultrasounds and surgical image intensifiers (equipment used for imaging during surgical procedures) across Wales.

Ann Jones said:

“As Wales continues to face a challenging financial settlement, following record cuts from the Tory-led coalition in Westminster, we have to make sure we are spending money where it is most needed and where it makes the biggest impact.

“By supporting and strengthening our Welsh NHS, by investing in innovative new technologies, we can ensure that we can achieve our aim of a safe, sustainable and high quality health service for the whole of Wales.”