RCGP Wales: Parliamentary Review of Health and Social Care addresses challenges head on

Publication date: 16 January 2018

In response to the publication of the Parliamentary Review of Health and Social Care, RCGP Wales has said the report is a constructive analysis of the challenges facing the NHS and stressed its importance in delivering better outcomes for patients.

The Parliamentary Review of Health and Social Care is an independent review into the future of health and social care in Wales by an international panel of experts.

Dr Rebecca Payne, Chair of RCGP Wales, said:

"This is a constructive report that addresses the deep-rooted challenges that are currently holding back progress in the Welsh NHS.

"It acknowledges the significant workforce challenges that many NHS professions are facing, which we can see clearly in general practice and why we've asked for an increase to 200 GP training places a year. It also recognises that engaging and supporting the workforce is vital if we are to see improvement, noting the difficulty in making change on the ground given current management and leadership structures. The identification of a lack of primary care representation on health board executives is also welcome, as well as the call for an independent NHS Wales executive.

"The report restates the view that Wales needs to reorient the balance between community care and acute care, strengthening primary care. A thriving primary care sector, with general practice at its core, will deliver better patient outcomes across Wales.

"Of course, the real test will be whether this report leads to an improvement in patient care, and we call on the Welsh Government to implement the recommendations of this report at pace."

Further Information

Louis Urruty
RCGP Wales Policy and Public Affairs Officer
0203 188 7767 / 07800 523 127

Notes to editor

  1. The Royal College of GPs Wales represents a network of around 2,000 GPs, aiming to improve care for patients. We work to encourage and maintain the highest standards of general medical practice and act as the voice of GPs on resources, education, training, research and clinical standards.
  2. The report from the Parliamentary Review of Health and Social Care can be found in full: gov.wales/docs/dhss/publications/180116reviewen.pdf

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