A new Bill has been introduced in the National Assembly for Wales which aims to improve health and social care quality and engagement.
In announcing, the Health and Social Care (Quality and Engagement) (Wales) Bill, the Welsh Government described how will reframe and broaden the existing duty of quality on NHS bodies.
The Bill would see the introduction of an organisational duty of candour and place overarching duty on the Welsh Ministers in relation to their health service functions.
As part of the announcement Vaughan Gething, Minister for Health and Social Services, said:
“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 move would also see the creation of a new independent citizen voice body, which would replace the current Community Health Councils. It also aims to more closely integrate and align health and social care, mirroring the moves seen in England under its NHS Long Term Plan.
If passed by the Welsh Assembly, the Bill would come into force in the summer of 2020.
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