The Parliamentary Review of Health and Social Care in Wales final report was released today. The report contains 10 recommendations to the Welsh Government of key actions to be taken to transform health and care in Wales.
Report eagerly awaited
Bernadine Rees, Chair of the Welsh NHS Confederations said: "NHS leaders have been eagerly awaiting today’s report and welcome the 10 headlined recommendations. We look forward to considering the report and the supporting actions in more detail.
"We are particularly pleased the report recognises the need to involve the public in the design and development of new service models. The citizen voice must be part of the solution to the challenges we face, with people being empowered to be actively involved in their own health and wellbeing.
"The next steps are key. We look forward to working with the Welsh Government and other organisations in the health and social care sector to develop a plan of action that will deliver the best services to the people of Wales."
Different system of care is needed
Vanessa Young, Director of the Welsh NHS Confederation said: "The panel’s final report makes a major contribution to the debate on how to create a sustainable health and care system in Wales.
"Our members agree that a different system of care is needed – one that is seamless across health and social care, physical and mental health, and secondary and primary community care.
"The report recognises that we have been moving towards a more integrated system for a number of years and there are many good examples of new models of care that are already working in Wales. The challenge is how we can be more radical and ambitious, to accelerate the pace in moving to a genuinely seamless system.
"We agree with the panel that it is crucial for us to increase the value we achieve from the funding of health and care. It is also helpful that the panel recognise that the level and sources of funding for health and social care remain key national issues. As we develop plans to transform the health and care system we must ensure they are supported by sustainable funding. We recommend that this report is considered in conjunction with the Health Foundation’s 2016 Path to Sustainability report that analyses the demand and cost pressures facing Wales now and until 2031."