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£95m to Support Healthcare Training and Education in Wales

On 20th February 2017, the government in Wales has announced a package of £95m to support a range of education and training programmes for healthcare professionals in Wales.

The funding will help nurses, radiographers and physiotherapists and provide a range of health science training opportunities. The funding also enables more than 3,000 new students to study healthcare related courses in Wales.

According to the Welsh Government, the new package of £95m is in addition to funding already in place for nursing, and will provide an additional 13 per cent increase in nursing training places i.e. an extra 192 student nurses to start courses in 2017-18. It also includes more than 40 per cent increase on places for midwifery training. The package will provide an extra £500,000 to support community healthcare.

Speaking about the funding, Vaughan Gething, the Health Secretary of Welsh said that the welsh government rely on the skills, knowledge and experience of those providing the care in the National Health Service (NHS) on a regular basis. This involves paramedics and nurses who provide vital support services like laboratory tests to enable diagnoses to be made and cure to be provided.

He further added that the new funding package will guarantee that the healthcare professionals are capable to provide high quality care now and in the future and that patients’ will be able to get care closer to home.

Peter Meredith-Smith, the Director of Royal College of Nursing’s associate told the BBC that the investment will take few years for the full effects, with a time-lag between the new money rolling into the system and nurses completing their education and training.

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