Around 1,400 patients are being left without a doctor in Burry Port as a result of the Labour government’s failure to properly plan and manage health services, Plaid Cymru’s Llanelli candidate Mari Arthur has said.

The Plaid Cymru candidate for MP for Llanelli said that it was scandalous that patients are being forced to travel outside of the area to see a doctor, due to a shortage. She also highlighted similar shortages in Kidwelly and Trimsaran.

Mari Arthur said that Plaid Cymru’s plans to train and recruit a thousand extra doctors to the health service in Wales would drive up doctor numbers, and coupled with the party’s plans to offer “golden hellos” and other incentives to recruit doctors to difficult-to-recruit areas.

Plaid Cymru Llanelli candidate Mari Arthur said:

“It’s scandalous that patients in Burry Port are being forced to travel outside of their area to see a doctor because of a shortage. There are similar GP shortages in Kidwelly and Trimsaran. It’s a damning indictment of Labour’s failure to properly plan and manage the health service. Labour has simply failed to recruit enough doctors.

“Plaid Cymru can reverse this.

“Plaid Cymru is the only party with a detailed plan to train and recruit more doctors to our NHS. Under Plaid Cymru’s plans we will recruit a thousand extra doctors to Wales and 5,000 nurses to give us a strong and sustainable health service.

“Because of Labour’s failure, Wales has fewer doctors per head of the population than most European nations. This means that hardworking NHS staff are being put under incredible pressure, and patients aren’t given the service they deserve.

“We know the Conservatives want to privatise the health service. Labour has run it down. Only Plaid Cymru can be trusted to look after Wales’ health service.”

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