Swansea West’s local AM Julie James has welcomed the news that the Welsh Labour Government is boosting funding for nurse and other health care training places for the sixth year running.  

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.  

Julie James AM said: 

“I am delighted that from April 2020, Wales will be training more nurses, midwives and other key 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 across Swansea West and the rest of Wales. I look forward to seeing the new nurses training in and around Singleton Hospital, where they will be a valued part of the local community, taking Swansea from strength to strength.” 

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. 

From April 2020, Wales will be training more nurses, midwives, radiographers, physiotherapists, speech and language therapists and dieticians than ever before. 

The £16.4m extra funding also includes £1.4m for 47 additional Medical Postgraduate training places. 

Since 2018 Wales has become the first country in Europe to legislate on Nurse Staffing levels, this ensures that patients have a safe, high quality standard of care.