RCS responds to Government health and social care plan for Wales
11 Jun 2018
The Welsh Government has published its long-term plan for the future of health and social care in Wales, A Healthier Wales, today (Monday 11 June).
Responding to the Government’s plan, Mr Tim Havard, Director for Wales at the Royal College of Surgeons said:
“We welcome the Welsh Government’s plans to boost primary and community services which will help patients be treated closer to where they live. Alongside measures to better prevent people getting sick, today’s announcement should help patients to avoid unnecessary trips to hospital. In addition, improved community services will help those patients with long-term conditions better manage their illnesses.
“Providing more care in the community should also offer some relief to busy hospitals by freeing up beds and staff so that those patients with the most serious illnesses can receive treatment more quickly.
“Waiting times for some types of treatment remain too high in Wales. As the Welsh Government’s plans for health and social care take root, we hope there will be an opportunity to focus on improving timely access to hospital services for Wales’s sickest patients alongside necessary improvements to primary and community care.”
Notes to editors
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