Responding to Plaid Cymru’s announcement outlining recommendations for a National Care Service, Darren Hughes, Director of the Welsh NHS Confederation said:
“We welcome today’s announcement by Plaid Cymru outlining recommendations for a National Care Service. This announcement represents an important addition to the debate on how we provide health and social care services in Wales.
“Earlier this year, we provided evidence to the Plaid Cymru Care Commission to outline the views of NHS organisations in Wales. We support further integration of health and social care services in order to revolutionise our system and reduce pressure across our services, but we need to see detailed costings and funding proposals to assess whether a National Care Service is a sustainable solution.
“The Parliamentary Review in January 2018 highlighted the significant pressures faced by health and social care services in Wales, including recruitment and retention of staff and increasing demand for services which underline the need to change our approach. For the last year, health and social care services have been working towards creating a fully integrated health and social care system and we have made significant progress towards implementing the Welsh Government’s long-term plan and vision outlined in A Healthier Wales.
“There are numerous factors which impact on the health of our nation and the solution to the pressures on our service is going to be about more than the NHS. We need to take people out of our hospitals and empower people to stay independent, happy and healthy for longer. Through close collaborations across sectors we can change the narrative of a system under pressure and deliver high quality health and social care services for everyone in Wales.”