Commenting on today’s budget announcement made by Mark Drakeford AM, Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Local Government Budget announcement, Tina Donnelly, Director of the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) in Wales, said: “The RCN welcomes the budget announcement that NHS spending will rise by £240million."
"In particular, a £20million increase on mental health spending is applauded. The RCN in Wales has often said how extremely vital it is that the Welsh Government maintains mental health care provision as a priority in Wales. Mental health has been underfunded in Wales for too long, so the pledge of this monetary support to this area of health is good news."
"We are also pleased to see that end-of-life care has received £1 million. However, to ensure that end-of-life care is supported at its fullest, there needs to be a commitment to additional community nurses to ensure those people who wish to be cared have the right help, support and expertise, in a caring, compassionate environment, like their own home, at this challenging time."
"Investing in nursing staff within the National Health Service (NHS) can build a more productive, cost-effective workforce overall. The RCN in Wales sets out three key priorities which the current Welsh Government must deliver: to improve patient care, value nursing and investing in health care."
"We know that investing in nursing staff within the NHS can build a more productive, cost effective workforce overall. We need to see this investment urgently by:- Maintaining the student nursing bursary
- Extending the Nurse Staffing Levels Act for mental health, maternity and children’s nursing
- Funding targeted towards effective recruitment campaigns for nurses
- Access to mandatory training and continuing professional development
- Increasing the number of district and children’s nursing
- Improving access to community health services particularly in rural areas e.g. sexual health services
Funding in the health service must be sustained in the long term to provide quality dignified care. The nursing workforce is an investment, not a cost.”