‘Labour-Plaid Government needs an Action Plan’

Welsh Liberal Democrat Shadow Health Minister, Veronica German, has today called for the Assembly Government to produce a strategic Action plan to address the backlog of NHS repairs.

Speaking in a debate on the Labour-Plaid Government’s Capital Programme, Ms German called for an Action Plan for the Assembly to debate. This plan, Ms German argued, [...]

Veronica German AM comments on statement by Health Minister on winter pressures

Welsh Liberal Democrat Shadow Minister for Health and Wellbeing Veronica German AM has today responded to the ministerial statement from the Health Minister on the effect the recent bad weather had on the Welsh Health Service.

Ms German Commented: “I welcome today’s statement by the Minister for Health and Social Services and the establishment of [...]

Health Minister must sort out failing A&E system – Veronica German

Figures released by the Welsh Government today reveal that an unacceptable 3,208 patients waited more than eight hours in Welsh A&E departments during December 2010, up more than double the number last December.

The figures also reveal that 11,318 of those patients had to wait more than four hours in A&E. This latest information [...]

Veronica German AM calls for First Minister to publish ‘lost ambulance hours’ figures

The Welsh Liberal Democrat Shadow Health Minister, Veronica German, has today requested the Labour-Plaid Government to publish monthly figures illustrating the number of hours of emergency ambulance cover are being lost in hospitals while crews wait to hand patients over to hospital staff.

In todays First Minister’s Questions, Ms German challenged the First Minister [...]

Our communities offer highly-skilled health experts – let’s start using them

WHAT do you do when you or one of your family feels unwell?

Do you try to treat yourself? Ring NHS Direct? Book an appointment with your GP?

You may even decide the only option is to visit the emergency department or perhaps a minor injuries unit more suitable.

The default is very often the [...]

Outrageous scandal of 80,000 ‘lost ambulance hours’ in Welsh NHS

Shocking figures uncovered by the Welsh Liberal Democrats have revealed that tens of thousands of hours of emergency ambulance cover are being lost in Welsh NHS hospitals while crews wait to hand patients over to hospital staff.

Over the last two years, an outrageous 80,404 hours (3350 days or 9 years) have been wasted [...]

Nearly half of NHS repairs backlog put staff and patients at high and significant risk

New analysis of NHS estates in Wales has revealed that the cost of maintenance and repairs to reduce high and significant risks in NHS buildings to staff and patients is nearly half of the total backlog cost.

The Welsh Health Estates report reveals that the total cost of the NHS repairs backlog is £460 [...]

Veronica German AM pleased with Health Board’s plans

Welsh Liberal Democrat Shadow Health Minister has welcomed news that Aneurin Bevan Health Board is putting plans in place to improve communication between hospitals and GPs.

Veronica German had written to the Health Board on behalf of a constituent who was concerned by the fact it had taken two to three weeks for information to [...]

Christmas and the health service

The Christmas season is now well and truly upon us. It’s a time for celebration, a time to perhaps eat (and drink) a little too much and a time to spend with your loved ones. Most of all it is a time to forget work and relax. For some though Christmas is another day at [...]

Gap between rich and poor continues to widen under Labour and Plaid

South Wales East Assembly Member, Veronica German, has expressed her concerns on figures that show that life expectancy in Wales continues to grow at a slower rate than in England with the gap between England and Wales growing. The figures also revealed that that life expectancy still varies greatly from area to area. This week, [...]