A £95m package to support a range of education and training programmes for healthcare professionals in Wales, has been unveiled by the Welsh Government.

The money will help nurses, physiotherapists and radiographers, and provide a range of health science training opportunities.

The Welsh Government says it will enable more than 3,000 new students to study healthcare related courses across Wales.

We rely on the skills, knowledge and experience of those providing the care in the NHS on a daily basis.

This includes nurses and paramedics as well as those behind the scenes, who provide vital support services such as laboratory tests to enable diagnoses to be made and “treatment to be provided.

– VAUGHAN GETHING AM, HEALTH SECRETARY 

The £95m is in addition to funding already in place for nursing, and will provide an additional 13% increase in nursing training places, while midwifery place will increase by 40%, according to the Welsh Government.

An extra £500,000 will be available to support community healthcare.

Practice and district nurse education, as well as audiology training places, will also increase within primary and community settings.

The government say this 'will provide vital funding for community services and will ensure many more patients can be cared for closer to home, rather than in hospital'.

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