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Welsh 'happy' with schools and NHS suggests National Survey

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Media captionNational Survey: Welsh happy with schools and NHS - but cash is a concern

People in Wales are "extremely satisfied" with schools and the NHS but remain worried about finances, an official survey has suggested.

The National Survey questioned more than 14,000 people in the Welsh government study.

Of those questioned, 90% said they were satisfied with NHS hospital care, while 92% of parents were happy with their child's primary school.

But just 48% said they could keep up with paying the monthly bills.

It is the first full year that the survey has been carried out, as part of pledge by the Welsh government to find out what the public feels about issues such as education, health, finance - and just how the government is doing.

As far as the Welsh government was concerned, people were asked to rate it between 0 and 10 on whether it is doing a good job.

'Better place'

The average rating was 5.8 - compared to an average score of 4.3 for the UK government and 3.8 for governments across Europe.

Other highlights included:

  • 96% of people who saw a GP or had a hospital appointment agreed that they were treated with dignity and respect.
  • 92% of people were satisfied with the care they received from their GP at their last visit.
  • 92% of parents were satisfied with their children's primary school, while 83% were satisfied with secondary schools.
  • 48% of people said they could keep up with all their bills and commitments without any difficulties.

"We are committed to making sure the decisions we make take into account the views of the people we serve," said Finance Minister Jane Hutt.

"The National Survey is one of our key sources of information on people's views and circumstances."

"We will use these results to inform the development of policy, the delivery of public services and to find out about the well-being of the people of Wales - so that we can make Wales a better place to live and work," added Ms Hutt.

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