Local AM Vikki Howells has welcomed news that the Welsh Labour Government is boosting funding for nurse and other health care training places for the sixth year running.

This means even more nurses, midwives and other key healthcare professionals will be trained in Wales.

The Welsh Labour Government has announced an extra £15 million for a 13% increase in education and training programmes for healthcare professionals in Wales in 2020-21. In total, £127.8 million will be invested in health professional education and training during 2020-21.

Vikki Howells AM said:

“I am delighted that from April 2020, Wales will be training more healthcare professionals than ever before thanks to this sixth consecutive annual funding boost from the Welsh Labour Government.

“A well trained NHS workforce is vital for the sustainable, high quality health care we want to see in Cynon Valley and across the rest of Wales.

“I also want to highlight the financial support which is available to trainee nurses in Wales. In Wales, unlike in England, we have maintained the NHS bursary for student nurses and allied health professionals. The Welsh Labour Government was absolutely right to keep paying the bursary in Wales and it demonstrates our commitment to the future of the nursing profession.

“I would encourage anyone who is interested in finding out more about nursing as a possible career to visit”

Over the past five years training places for nurses have increased by 54.8% in Wales and training places for midwives have increased by 71.2%. In total, the NHS Wales workforce has grown by 10.4% over the last five years.

The Welsh Labour Government also recently announced that the target for GP training places in Wales had been exceeded, with 186 places being filled this year.