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15th November 2016

Minister releases plans to deal with winter 'surges' in NHS care

Secretary for Health, Well-being and Sport Vaughan Gething has released plans which detail how the NHS in Wales will deal with 'surges' in demand as winter closes in.

The plans, released as part of a statement to the Welsh Assembly, admits that last winter saw 'peaks above what could be realistically anticipated for emergency ambulances, primary care out-of-hours consultations and emergency admissions to hospital via A&E'.

The minister calls for NHS trusts to fully integrate responses to winter demand as well as laying out plans to increase beds, strengthen ambulance services and increasing consulant cover during weekends.

For the full statement, go to the Welsh Government website.

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