Responding to today’s announcement by the First Minister of Wales on the easing of lockdown restrictions in Wales, Darren Hughes, Director of the Welsh NHS Confederation said:
“Over recent weeks we have seen some evidence the Test, Trace and Protect system in Wales has been working well. The system has pinpointed localised outbreaks and swift action taken as a result. The work of our partners in local authorities and Public Health Wales in getting this system up and running has been outstanding.
“This should give the public confidence that while outbreaks will continue to happen, we have been able to isolate them before they break out into our communities.
“However, as the economy gradually opens up in Wales, we also need to be aware that we are walking on something of a tightrope. The more freedoms we have, the greater the risk of an increase in cases.
“It is also true that continuing the lockdown is going to result in widening health inequalities and the loss of livelihoods in Wales. In the Welsh NHS we are all too aware of the impact this can have on health. The Welsh Government need to do all they can to mitigate these inequalities because once we do return to normal life, we could see an increase in demand and greater pressure on our NHS in the future.
“We know the sacrifices people in Wales have made and we know it is frustrating. But, if we continue to observe the guidelines, we can continue to keep the virus under control.”