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New Health Minister meets frontline staff

Lesley Griffiths has met frontline staff in her first official engagement as the new Minister for Health and Social Services and set out her priorities in her new role.
Tuesday 17 May 2011
New Health Minister meets frontline staff
New Health Minister meets frontline staff

As a former health professional of more than 20 years, Ms Griffiths is keen to hear the views of staff.

Ms Griffiths will be supported in her role by Gwenda Thomas, the Deputy Minister for Children and Social Services.

On a visit to the University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff, Ms Griffiths said:

“Every day the NHS cares for thousands of patients effectively and efficiently. The health service touches the lives of everyone and that is why it is held in such great affection.

“I am pleased to hear the views of staff and I will take on board all their comments to inform the development of policies. I am extremely keen to have a regular dialogue with all staff to ensure the NHS continues to provide high quality services.

“Thanks to the hard work of staff, considerable improvements have been made in the NHS in recent years but I am not complacent and we must build on these achievements.

“My priorities over the term of this Government include improving access to GPs surgeries in the evenings and on a Saturday, instigating annual health checks for the over 50s, improving cancer, cardiac and stroke services, improving ambulance response times and working to reduce the number of people who visit emergency departments unnecessarily.

“I am committed to not only improving health services but improving the health and well-being of the people of Wales. The Welsh Government will continue to invest in the NHS and in educating people about healthy lifestyles and diet, but ultimately individuals have to play their part too.

“On Children and Social Services, Gwenda Thomas and I will be working to introduce a new Social Services Act to simplify the web of legislation in this area. We will also continue to improve support for carers; put independence at the heart of our approach to providing services to older people; and introduce a Wales Children Act to build on the work of the Children’s Rights Measure. The roll-out of Integrated Family Support Teams will continue to support our efforts to eradicate poverty.”

 

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