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Written Statement - Extra £40m for the Welsh NHS to respond to winter pressures

Jane Hutt, Minister for Finance and Government Business

Today, I can announce that the Welsh Government is allocating an extra £40m to the Welsh NHS in 2014-15 to help it deal with winter pressures

The extra investment means that in 2014-15, the Welsh NHS will have received nearly a quarter of a billion pounds in extra investment to deliver high-quality, sustainable health services.

The Welsh NHS – like health services across the UK – has experienced sustained pressure over the Christmas and New Year period as a result of increased demand from an influx of sick patients.

The £40m investment, which comes from the Welsh Government’s reserves, is equivalent to the additional £700m the UK Government has allocated to NHS England to help it deal with winter pressures.

When taken alongside the additional £295m being invested in 2015-16, which includes the £70m revenue funding as a result of the Autumn Statement, it means increased investment in our Welsh NHS of more than half a billion pounds over two years. This demonstrates our clear commitment to a sustainable NHS in Wales based on the reforms outlined in the Nuffield report.