Plaid Cymru has agreed to back the Labour-led Welsh Government’s budget for the next two years which will see a £14m commitment to develop North Wales undergraduate medical training, £3m for the design and development of the third Menai bridge crossing and a £10m investment in the Welsh language.

North Wales Medical Training

Sian Gwenllian, AM for Arfon, who has campaigned for a medical school in North Wales said: “Announced today: £14M development fund for undergraduate medical training in North Wales. Not a Medical School – but a small step nearer!”

In July this year, Vaughan Gething, the Welsh Assembly Government’s Secretary for Health, Well-being and Sport, said there was ‘No case’ for a North Wales medical school but added that he believed there was still a case for increased medical education to take place in the North. He said this could be delivered by Cardiff, Swansea and Bangor universities working closely together.

The Budget

The budget deal, which is worth around £210m, includes £40m to boost mental health funding and £40m for higher and further education between 2018 and 2020.

Plaid Cymru said it had also secured the re-establishment of perinatal mental health support service in Wales, as well as 80 new district nurses.

Welsh Government Finance Secretary Mark Drakeford said: “This agreement builds on the one reached between the Welsh Government and Plaid Cymru last year and includes a series of recurrent allocations for the Welsh language, arts, end-of-life care, mental health, higher education and Visit Wales.”

The commitments include:

  • £14m to develop north Wales undergraduate medical training
  • £15m for improvements to sections of the A487 and the A470 from 2019
  • £3m for the design and development of the third Menai bridge crossing
  • £2m for electric charging points
  • £5m from 2019 for a national art museum and north Wales football museum
  • £10m investment in the Welsh language