The chair of the BMA’s welsh council has cautiously welcomed the Welsh Government’s long-term plan for health and social care but called on the Welsh Government and Health Boards to work with doctors and other frontline staff on the details to make the plan a reality.
Dr David Bailey said:
“This plan shows that the Welsh Government is moving in the right direction and taking steps to ensure that health and social services in Wales are sustainable in the future.
“We are pleased to see that the Welsh Government is committed to ‘continuous engagement’ and that it features in the National Transformation Programme. It is vitally important that doctors are engaged and involved in any changes to the health service and that their expertise is taken into account so that they can continue to provide the best possible care to patients.
“We implore health boards to work with clinicians and frontline staff to understand how best to use the £100m Transformation Fund to improve the delivery of services and expect that doctors are able to use the “offer of involvement” to improve local services. We hope that the money allocated to the Transformation Fund will be matched by longer term investment.
“Moving resources into the community is also something we welcome.
“BMA Cymru Wales also welcomes the move towards measuring the health and wellbeing outcomes which matter to people. This is something we have consistently called for and look forward to seeing more detail.
“We note with interest that Regional Partnership Boards are going to be the “key drivers of change” at regional levels. To ensure that change is sustainable and fit for purpose it is imperative that doctors and other clinicians are members of the Boards and are able to use their knowledge of their region to provide a service that suits local need.
“Ultimately actions speak louder than words and the onus is now on the Welsh Government and Health Boards to work with doctors and other frontline staff on the details to make this plan a reality.
“It is what the public and those who work in our NHS deserve.”
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