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RCS response to Parliamentary Review of health and Social Care in Wales

16 Jan 2018

Commenting on the Parliamentary Review of Health and Social Care in Wales, Tim Havard, Director of Wales for the Royal College of Surgeons said:

“We support the main message of this review that the health and social care system in Wales needs to be much more joined-up. Every day surgeons see the reality of a fragmented system, with patients in hospital beds unable to go home because of a lack of social care or support in the community. We also welcome the recommendations about improving clinical leadership and the availability of data to improve decision-making. 

“We would now like to see a clear strategy from Welsh Government on how the report’s recommendations will be delivered and funded. 

“It is also important to continue to maintain focus on improving hospital services. Waiting times for some types of treatment are still too high in Wales. To ensure we deliver the world-class service our patients rightly deserve, we also need to look at continuing to improve essential hospital services the public expects the NHS to routinely provide. 

“We encourage Welsh Government to build on the momentum this review generated and set out the steps it will now take to improve our health and social care services. We look forward to working with government to achieve these aims.”

Notes to editors

The Royal College of Surgeons of England is a professional membership organisation and registered charity, which exists to advance surgical standards and improve patient care.

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