The Labour-led is set to announce that it will plough an extra £260m into the NHS when it unveils its spending plans on Tuesday.
Announcing the draft 2016/17 budget, the Welsh finance minister, Jane Hutt, will argue that the administration in Cardiff will make sure that the health service will be protected despite funding cuts from Westminster.
The majority of the Welsh government’s £15.3bn budget comes from the UK Treasury. The percentage of its budget spent on health is set to increase from 46% to about 48%. It is also expected that the increase on health spending will be mirrored by a rise in spending on social care.
Hutt claims the Welsh government is facing a 3.6% cut in UK government funding over five years, once the effects of inflation are taken into account.
A Welsh government source said: “The record level of funding going into the the Welsh NHS is politically significant. Following years of cuts, we received £110m extra to our total budget as a result of the [UK government’s] spending review but we are going way above and beyond that with today’s investment of £260m direct to the .
“Crucially this means that Wales will continue to spend more per head than England on health and this is even more pronounced when you factor in social care. has long rejected the idea of treating the NHS and social care in isolation and our budget will reflect that, in sharp contrast to George Osborne’s spending review.”
The record of the Welsh government on health has long been criticised by David Cameron, the UK health secretary – Jeremy Hunt, and Labour’s opponents in Wales.
In recent weeks the UK government’s clashes with junior doctors over a new contract has been used by the Labour administration in Cardiff to strike back.
On the eve of the strike by junior doctors – which was called off at the last moment – the Welsh first minster, Carwyn Jones,
Though it leads the Welsh government, Labour does not have an overall majority and needs the support of at least one opposition party to get its budget through. It is expected that the support will come from the Liberal Democrats.