Tories wrong on NHS in Wales – new survey reveals extensive support for health service under Labour government

So often in the House of Commons and elsewhere Conservative ministers have been quick to attack the Welsh government for cutting spending on the NHS and presiding over what they argue has been a deteriorating health service.

So often in the House of Commons and elsewhere Conservative ministers have been quick to attack the Welsh government for cutting spending on the NHS and presiding over what they argue has been a deteriorating health service.

Now comes definitive proof of how wrong they are, with the publication of survey data showing the people of Wales to be more than happy with their health service.

According to the 2012/13 National Survey for Wales, 90 per cent of people were satisfied (70 per cent very satisfied and 20 per cent fairly satisfied) with the care they received at their last appointment at an NHS hospital, whilst 92 per cent (68 per cent very satisfied and 23 per cent fairly satisfied) with the care they received from their GP at their last visit.

96 per cent of people who saw a GP or had a hospital appointment agreed that they were treated with dignity and respect.

The findings come following data released as part of the British Social Attitudes Survey published earlier in the year showing that 61 per cent of people were satisfied with the health service, suggesting that David Cameron et al would do well to concentrate on fixing the mess they have created in England’s health system rather than attacking Wales which enjoys much greater support for the way it’s health service is working.

Among the other key findings from the Welsh survey are:

  • 92 per cent of parents were satisfied with the primary school their child attended and 83 per cent were satisfied with the secondary school their child attended.

  • 57 per cent of people said that their local authority provided high quality services. 53 per cent would like more information on how their council is performing.

  • 76 per cent of people agreed that people in their local area treated each other with respect and consideration; a similar proportion (75 per cent) agreed that ‘people in this neighbourhood are willing to help their neighbours’. Older people were more likely to have a positive view about people in their local area than younger people.

  • 81 per cent of people said they felt safe walking in their local area after dark.

Commenting on the result, finance minister, Jane Hutt has said:

“The National Survey for Wales is an opportunity for people to give their opinion on the issues that affect them and their community.

“We are committed to making sure the decisions we make take into account the views of the people we serve. The National Survey is one of our key sources of information on people’s views and circumstances.

“We will use these results to inform the development of policy, the delivery of public services and to find out about the well-being of the people of Wales – so that we can make Wales a better place to live and work.”

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