Since the Government announced the withdrawal of student funding for would-be nurses last year, we are already hearing of a 20% drop in applications for graduate nursing courses. And the 1% pay cap on salaries is not helping to encourage people into nursing and is making existing nurses reconsider whether they can even afford to continue. If the NHS wants to achieve a clean bill of health, we need to ensure there is adequate staffing, funding, resource and education. The health of the nation is at stake.
Winter puts enormous pressure on the NHS as common mild infections spread rapidly and demand for healthcare soars.
Overstretched GPs in South Wales have been instructed not to help patients appealing against decisions to have their benefit