Access to healthcare
Improving access to healthcare services is an important way of tackling health inequalities. Often those who need healthcare the most are those least able to access it.
Our healthcare services need access to modern technology. If consultant or specialist appointments could be done by video for example it would significantly improve access for people in rural areas to healthcare. Public access to broadband is also vital. Only 29 per cent of Welsh homes and businesses were able to access an ultrafast fixed broadband speed in September 2018. This is significantly lower than the UK rate of 49 per cent.
Public transport needs investment to improve access to healthcare. The frequency of services and their cleanliness is often an issue. There are also huge problems with public transport not being accessible to older people or those with mobility difficulties or for those escorting children on pushchairs – the two groups most like to need to use public transport!