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MS expresses concerns about local health service’s ability to deal with extra pressure from tourists

Siân Gwenllian (Image: Welsh Parliament) Senedd (Image: Gwalia)

The Plaid Cymru Senedd member for Arfon, Siân Gwenllian has written to the First Minister in order to express concerns about the local health service’s ability to deal with the "extra pressure from tourists".

Ms Gwenllian was reacting to a Vaccination Update issued by the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board that stated: “we expect the number of visitors to the region to be far in excess of that seen in previous years.”

Ms Gwenllian said: “I am very concerned to read this in the document.

“This is already putting significant additional pressure on our services and is very likely to lead to an increase in cases of the Delta variant.

“I wish to know urgently what exactly the Welsh Government has planned to deal with this situation. Is there an Emergency Plan in place that brings together all the relevant partners?

“What additional support is available to GPs, Hospitals, Public Services of all kinds, the Police and the many other agencies that will have to cope with these unprecedented pressures?

“And what additional support (financial and in terms of workforce) will be available to them over the summer/autumn?

“My constituents need reassurance that everything is being done to protect them from the adverse effects of the massive population surge happening in our communities.”

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