Responding to the introduction of the Health and Social Care (Quality and Engagement) (Wales) Bill, Nesta Lloyd-Jones, Interim Director of the Welsh NHS Confederation said:
“We welcome the Bill as a way of supporting our members deliver on the vision of a healthier Wales outlined by the Welsh Government in its long-term plan.
“The NHS in Wales continues to work closely with social services, however, this legislation will enable the development of a truly integrated health and care system providing sustainable safe, effective, person-centred care to individuals.
“The introduction of a duty of quality reaffirms NHS Wales’ commitment to delivering continuous quality improvement across organisations. We believe the duty of candour and a new citizen’s voice body, which strengthens patient involvement across health and social care, will add momentum to changes in organisational culture and behaviour.
“We will be working with our members, the seven Health Boards, three NHS Trusts and Health Education and Improvement Wales (HEIW), to develop a response to the Bill in the coming weeks.”