I believe in the NHS and its values. I also recognise the fantastic work that our health professionals, doctors and nurses do every day - particularly during the coronavirus pandemic.
But it pains me that in Wales, the Welsh Government has starved the NHS of the vital resources it needs to provide consistently excellent care to patients. In fact, Wales is the only region of the UK where health budgets have been cut in the past decade.
One in seven people now languish on a waiting list in Wales, and our ambulance response times are the worst in the UK.
Everyone should have the peace of mind and confidence that come from world-class health care.
That is why I am proud that the Conservatives have committed an additional £1.9 billion to the Welsh NHS, its biggest ever cash boost, so that it is there for all of us, whenever we need it.
Our new funding will also enable us to:
- Recruit more doctors, nurses and other health professionals.
- Build new Rapid Diagnostic Centres in Mid Wales to speed up access to diagnostic tests and reduce the need for repeat appointments and visits to hospitals.
- Establish a dedicated Cancer Patients’ Fund.
- Transform mental health so that it is treated with the same urgency as physical health.
The NHS has always been there for our local communities and for my young family, and I will continue to be a vocal champion for our precious local health services.