The Welsh NHS Confederation has responded to the Welsh Government's consultation on the Rebalancing Care and Support White Paper on behalf of the leaders of NHS organisations across Wales.
The NHS leadership in Wales welcomes the White Paper’s proposal to refocus the fundamentals of the care market away from price and towards quality and value. However, it is felt that some of the White Paper’s proposals, in their current form, do not set out robust solutions to the strategic challenges that face the social care sector in Wales or articulate how service user outcomes would be improved if they were implemented.
The purpose of this response is to set out some high-level, overarching comments about the White Paper’s proposals. More detailed comments about the ways in which the proposals set out in the White Paper would likely impact the relationships between NHS Wales organisations and the social care sector in Wales will be provided in Health Boards’ and Trusts’ organisational responses to the consultation.