Mohammad Asghar's Column in this weeks South Wales Argus looks at the challenges the NHS faces in Wales.
Evidence exists that the problem of staff shortages is likely to grow as increasing numbers of doctors are planning or have considered early retirement.
An ageing workforce combined with difficulty in recruiting trainees demonstrates the need to address these challenges as a matter of urgency.
We need a clear strategy from the Welsh Government for future workforce planning and we must provide the skills to adapt to modern healthcare needs.
Traditional models of care are becoming increasingly unsuitable for today’s health care needs.
We must ensure the skills of the existing workforce are updated continuously to deliver real change. We must shift the emphasis in the training and education budget to fund continuing professional development.
And we need effective Public Health initiatives to relieve the burden on NHS finances and release money for frontline core services.
This is vital if we are to create the well-resourced and high performing NHS that the people of Wales need and deserve.
See the full article here: http://www.southwalesargus.co.uk/news/14766223.Your_AM_Writes__South_Wales_East_AM_Mohammad_Asghar/