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Welsh NHS to be given an additional £50m to help tackle winter pressures

The Welsh NHS is set to be given £50m of additional investment to help “sustain and improve performance” during the busy winter period.

Demand on the healthcare service typically soars in winter due to higher rates of certain illnesses and a shortage of medical staff to cover shifts.

The influx of patients with complex conditions, particularly the elderly, places a far greater pressure on emergency services which have readily been described as “at breaking point” by unions.

A raft of routine surgical operations were cancelled last year as a direct result of the additional demands placed on acute care.

Wales will receive £50m this winter

In a bid to reduce the pressures Cabinet Secretary Vaughan Gething has announced the NHS in Wales will receive £50m this winter – up from an extra £45m in 2015.

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