New legislation introduced to provide further quality in Welsh health and social care
A new Bill which aims to improve quality and public engagement in health and social care were officially introduced to the National Assembly for Wales by Health and Social Services Minister Vaughan Gething yesterday.
The Health and Social Care (Quality and Engagement) (Wales) Bill will embed a system-wide approach to quality in health for future generations. This will be achieved by reframing and broadening the existing duty of quality on NHS bodies, and placing an overarching duty on the Welsh Ministers in relation to their health service functions. This will ensure that when they make a decision they actively consider if it secures improvement in quality and outcomes.
Through the establishment of an organisational duty of candour, the Bill will support a culture of openness, transparency and candour that is widely associated with good quality care and further ensure NHS organisations are open and honest with patients and service users when things go wrong.
Its introduction builds on the work that has already been undertaken for transparency amongst NHS bodies in Wales, and supports an environment that is consistently learning and improving, whilst maintaining the trust and confidence of patients and service users.
The Bill will also see the creation of a new independent citizen voice body, which will replace the current Community Health Councils. This single body will represent the voice of the public and provide complaints advice and assistance for individuals in relation to their health and social care experience.
This reflects the aims of the Welsh Governments plan ‘A Healthier Wales’ by supporting the drive towards closer integration of health and social care and putting people’s voices at the heart of the design, delivery and improvement of services.
The Bill will also give Ministers the opportunity to appoint a Vice Chair on NHS Trust boards if they consider it appropriate to ensure consistency across Local Health Boards and Trusts, and strengthen leadership and governance arrangements.
Minister for Health and Social Services, Vaughan Gething, yesterday said:
In Wales, we are fortunate to enjoy some of the best health and social care services, provided by committed and compassionate staff at all levels. But we need to ensure quality is further embedded in the context of an open and learning culture, which listens to all voices in driving forward improvement.
This Bill reinforces key priorities within our plan for health and social care, ‘A Healthier Wales’, which outlines how quality will be key to making the health and social care system in Wales both fit for the future and one which achieves value.
The Bill will now begin its scrutiny process at the National Assembly for Wales and if passed will become law in summer 2020.
Latest News from
Reducing carbon emissions from our homes – new report calls for action and ambition18/07/2019 14:05:00
An independent report has called on the Welsh Government to commit to a 30 year programme to reduce carbon emissions in our homes.
Live in Conwy? Never been to an Eisteddfod? Welsh Government to support free entry on the opening Sunday18/07/2019 11:05:00
People in Conwy County will be able to apply for free tickets on the opening Sunday at this summer’s festival, thanks to funding from the Welsh Government.
Over half the nation not prepared for old age, new research shows18/07/2019 09:05:00
Over half the population (58%) of Wales is not making any provision for their old age, new research published today by the Welsh Government suggests.
“No deal should not be normalised” – Jeremy Miles17/07/2019 16:05:00
Brexit Minister Jeremy Miles has hit out at the growing trend of politicians describing a no deal Brexit as a legitimate means of leaving the EU.
Local community projects boosted with £2.3 million of funding17/07/2019 14:05:00
Funding of almost £2.4 million for community-based projects across Wales has been awarded by the Welsh Government.
Funding to improve awareness of organ donation in black, Asian and ethnic minority communities17/07/2019 11:05:00
Applications have opened for a fund to help groups dispel some of the myths around organ donation in black, Asian and ethnic minority communities.
Another day closer to a new Curriculum for Wales17/07/2019 09:05:00
As we approach the end of the feedback phase for the draft Curriculum for Wales, Minister for Education, Kirsty Williams, confirms schools will receive an additional INSET day.
First Minister sets out legislative priorities to create a more equal Wales16/07/2019 16:05:00
A new law to reform bus services in Wales to ensure they meet the needs of the travelling public will be one of the Welsh Government’s legislative priorities in the year ahead, First Minister Mark Drakeford will announce today.
“London is in chaos, but Wales needs certainty” – Welsh Government calls for urgent clarity on vital future funding from the UK16/07/2019 14:05:00
Minister for Finance and Trefnydd, Rebecca Evans is today calling for the UK government to provide urgent clarity on vital future funding for Wales.
Welsh Government soon to release multi-million pound funding for ambitious Swansea Bay City Deal programme16/07/2019 11:05:00
Economy Minister Ken Skates has announced that the Welsh Government will soon be able to release an £18 million funding boost to Swansea Bay City Deal partners to begin funding a number of transformational projects in South West Wales.