The Welsh NHS Confederation is calling on all political parties to confront the big issues facing health and social care in their manifestos for the 2021 Senedd election and are putting forward solutions for them to consider.
Nearly 90% of leaders within the NHS agree with the vision for an integrated health and social care system set out in the Parliamentary Review of Health and Social Care, published in January 2018.**
This includes delivering care closer to home, developing outcomes that matter to patients and service users, ensuring seamless services across all parts of the health and care system, reducing health inequalities, and enabling digital innovations to improve care.
Meanwhile, leaders within the NHS in Wales believe tackling the recruitment and retention of the NHS workforce should be a high priority for political parties and the sector.*
As Wales’ single biggest employer, employing over 98,000 people, NHS leaders say any new Government should be delivering a multi-professional, digitally enabled, motivated, engaged and valued workforce.
Darren Hughes, Director of the Welsh NHS Confederation said:
“We’re at a fork in the road moment for health and social care in Wales. Since the Coronavirus pandemic, politicians on all sides have told us how much they love the NHS in Wales, and now is the time to show it. It has never been more important for political parties to work together to provide a sustainable health and social care sector. Leaders across NHS Wales have told us we are going in the right direction, but political parties must commit to enabling the NHS to get to where we want to go.
“That means preventing long-term health issues. It means upskilling our workforce and making Wales an attractive place to train, work and live, and it means scaling up innovations much faster, so that everyone in Wales can benefit from them.
“We have already seen what the NHS can do throughout the Coronavirus pandemic. We have rolled out the 111 service nationally within the space of only a few weeks, and we have made telephone and video appointments available throughout primary care, improving access to care for those who need it. The NHS has also worked closely with our partners in local government to support the ‘Test, Trace, Protect’ system. We have shown we can do it, but going forward, we need the investment and the commitment from politicians to go further.”