Parlous NHS finances must have all-party resolution – Kirsty Williams
Kirsty Williams, Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats, has called on the Health Minister to work with other political parties to resolve the parlous state of NHS finance in Wales. Responding to the Wales Audit Office 'A picture of Public Services 2011', where they suggest that given the dire state of NHS finances, it will have to make short term cuts that could potentially have an impact on patient care, Kirsty Williams said:
"This report confirms what we have been sensing for a long time. Clearly, our NHS is in a very difficult situation. While I congratulate the NHS on improving some patient experiences, we know that too many services that are offered are woefully inadequate.
"Just this week, I was criticized by the Health Minister for comparing our NHS to a game of Russian roulette. I do not make statements like that lightly and without proof and this report just goes to confirm that the current and future financial situation of the NHS is putting patients' lives at risk.
"While it is difficult to take politics out of the NHS, politicians from every party must now be united in how we face the dire financial challenges in our NHS. The NHS belongs to us all and that is why I am more than willing to work with the Health Minister and other party spokespeople to send a clear message to the people of Wales that although difficult financial decisions are being made, our Welsh NHS will be able to provide the right treatment, in the right place, at the right time."