First Minister of Wales, Carwyn Jones, and Health Minister Lesley Griffiths thanked doctors who have received professional awards over the last 12 months. They also said they hoped showcasing their achievements would raise Wales’ profile and help attract more clinicians to live and work here.
The “Celebration of Success” event was held at Cardiff’s SWALEC Stadium as part of the Work for Wales campaign to raise awareness of the opportunities and benefits of working for the health service in Wales.
First Minister of Wales, Carwyn Jones, said:
“Good health is vital to the creation of a prosperous, successful and sustainable Wales. The doctors gathered here today represent the achievements of their profession and an ambition of Wales in general, to strive for excellence.
“It is no secret we have difficulties in recruiting doctors to some specialities and areas of Wales; this is a problem we share with the rest of the UK. As part of our campaign to attract ambitious medical professionals, we need to shout about our achievements to show Wales is a place where doctors can turn their ideas into reality.
“The achievements being celebrated at this event show NHS Wales is an exciting place to work, a place at the heart of medical innovation, a place where visionary thinkers are listened to and valued.”
Health Minister Lesley Griffiths said:
“The doctors here today have received awards across different areas of medicine, but what they all have in common is a drive to make things happen.
“What their achievements demonstrate is Wales as a country where innovation and excellence are prized, and doctors are supported by other healthcare professionals to make a difference to patients. We hope the doctors here today will inspire others to look to Wales as an exciting place to work, as well as a beautiful place to live.”