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First Minister Carwyn Jones says NHS staff increases shows its commitment to the service

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: June 13, 2013

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THERE has been a 40 per cent rise in the doctors, dentists, nurses and midwives in Wales between 2002 and 2012.

Findings show there has been increases across the board in the last decade.

Not only has there been a 40 per cent rise in more doctors, dentists, scientists and therapists working in Wales than there were 10 years ago but there has been a 10 per cent more nurses, midwives and health visitors.

First Minister of Wales Carwyn Jones said the figures underlined the Welsh Government's commitment to a strong NHS in Wales staffed to cope to meet the scale of demand on the service.

Mr Jones said: "These are hard times economically, and we have tough spending choices to make.

"However, investment in front line staff, the backbone of the NHS in Wales, continues to increase.

"In the last year alone, we have increased the numbers of hospital consultants by 57. Our vacancy rate for medical and dental posts, at 2.3 per cent, reflects the UK wide shortage in certain specialties and compares favourably with other professions."

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  • neathguard  |  June 17 2013, 4:32PM

    "Tough spending choices", where did they get £50,000,000 to,buy Cardiff airport, and how much more money have they got ferreted away. Makes you cry to see the mess they are making of Wales.

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  • thomastdout  |  June 14 2013, 10:26AM

    Its a pity the huge increase in staff is not reflected in the service offered by the health service, which is going down rapidly.

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