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Wales invests £40m to develop health and social service centres

The Welsh health secretary Vaughan Gething has announced a £40m to develop integrated health and social services centres across Wales as part of ‘significant ongoing investment’ to modernise NHS buildings and equipment.

He announced it will also help local health boards to speed up plans for new facilities in primary and community care.

Details have yet to be made public but he said he expected the funding to ‘bring forward a pipeline of new projects in every local health board in Wales’.

Mr Gething added: ‘We want people to be able to access health and social services in a modern, fit for purpose environment in their local community where possible.’

Dr Charlotte Jones, GPC Wales chair, said the need for adequate premises had never been greater with a widening gap between current provision and requirement and she welcomed the funding announcement.

‘We look forward to seeing details of these projects to ensure good value for money.’

But she added: ‘We must also not forget the need for investment in current premises, where needed, where little or no investment has been made and not just focus solely on new builds.’

Readers' comments (1)

  • Mr Mephisto

    Portadown Health Centre is Northern Ireland’s Flagship Primary Treatment & Care Centre.
    It was completed eight years ago at a cost of £16.5 million.
    It is a 60,000 square foot modern day health centre serving 45,000 patients.
    Whilst the rest of the UK struggles to implement integrated Health & Social Care services, Northern Ireland has had an integrated Health & Social Care system for the past 40+ years.
    Despite all of the above the whole Health Centre was on the point of collapse last week
    Despite the HSCB press release, Portadown may not be out of the woods quite just yet.
    Buildings and infrastructure are important, but as Portadown has proved you can have the biggest best building in the country however if you treat your workforce with complete and utter contempt they still won’t want to work there.
    Treat us with some sort of professional respect and dignity and we may just stay in the UK before jumping on the next plane to Australia, New Zealand or Canada.
    So our “Inglorious Political Masters” are you listening?

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