The Centre for Towns has found Welsh residents are disadvantaged in at least one aspect of healthcare, no matter where they live.
The think tank discovered those living in Walesâ€™ core city â€“ Cardiff â€“ would face the joint longest travels of Britainâ€™s core cities to their nearest GP (1km), pharmacy (0.8km), and dentist (1km).
The 12 core cities include Bristol, Manchester, Glasgow, and the English and Scottish capitals.
People would find theyâ€™d have to travel further to a GP from a Welsh village than in Scotland or eight of the nine English regions, at 4.3km.
Wales also found itself it had the longest distance to travel for those visiting a dentist from a small town â€“ 1.6km â€“ and the joint-longest from a medium town â€“ 1.5km.
The Coming Crisis: Access to Health in Our Towns analysed the access people across Great Britain have to a GP, hospital, dentist, and pharmacy depending on what kind of area they live in â€“ village, community, small, medium, or large town, or the core city.
The report says:
â€œOf course, the distance between home and a local health service is only a part of the challenge faced by those in towns and villages when choosing to access local health services.
â€œThe lived experience of getting to a hospital means getting in a car or taxi or using public transport to get to those services. If a hospital is thirty miles away but it takes ninety minutes to get there, accessibility to health becomes a transport issue.â€�
Welsh Conservative and Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Health Angela Burns said:
â€œWe know Wales has a challenge in addressing the urban-rural divide, but so does the North-West of England â€“ yet we are the ones having to travel the longest distances to several forms of healthcare, not them.
â€œThese facts show two things: that rural Wales is being left behind, and those in Cardiff have inferior access compared to those in London, Edinburgh, and other major British cities.
â€œNearly two decades of Labour Welsh Government and their management of the NHS has resulted in failure â€“ just look at ten years of missing its own A&E target or Betsi Cadwaladr health board spending three years in special measures.
â€œWales has again fallen behind other parts of the UK. But this is not exclusive to healthcare â€“ whether it is in the NHS, education, the economy, Wales has been let down by the so-called party of the NHS. Only a change in government can end this decline.â€�