Wales to Get £31m in Funds for Hospital Projects

It is claimed that a £31m backing for hospital construction projects will help the Welsh NHS save £12.5m, every year.

The Assembly Government disputes that "spend to save" grant will be able to enhance both the services and patient care. The funds have been welcomed by the British Medical Association (BMA).

However, its Welsh Chairman Dr. Andrew Dearden said it would have a wider influence if it is used in recruiting additional and nurses.

Dr. Andrew Dearden said that what can £31m procure in the community? It can hire more than 310 GPs. It would get 1,000 district nurses.

He added, "We could afford to put two practice nurses in every single practice in Wales for the same amount of money. That's a big staff boost".

The Government says the £31m grant will help finance capital projects throughout Wales.

Health Minister, Edwina Hart said by centralising complex services in one place, as with Morriston for instance, implies that patients will get better quality, more expert care, and NHS’s money will also be saved.

She said that in the past four years, NHS Wales has managed to save about £850 million and work is in a position to help save more money and to carry on improving the quality of patient care.