Switch Funds to Frontline NHS


The NHS needs to slash money spent on administration and switch resources to front-line general practice, says Plaid Cymru.

The GP is the first port of call for most patients, with 90 per cent of patients dealt with in primary care, Swansea GP Dr Dai Lloyd told a meeting of Plaid's National Council in Aberystwyth.

"Yet  the proportion of the NHS budget spent on general practice has dwindled in recent years from ten per cent to just 7.7%", said Dr Lloyd, Plaid's prospective Assembly candidate for Swansea West.

"Restoring the former 10 per cent share is vital - to employ more doctors, nurses, physiotherapists and reception staff in GP surgeries.

"Reducing the burden of administration will also free up more time for GPs to see patients and lessen the huge pressures that deter young doctors from continuing in general practice."

The meeting approved a draft policy document that will help form the basis of Plaid Cymru's manifesto for next year's Assembly elections.