Launched by the Minister for Health and Social Service, Lesley Griffiths in November 2011, the strategy sets out the need for action to dramatically improve health and for NHS service modernisation, including more care closer to home, specialist ‘centres of excellence’ and reduced health inequalities.
Speaking in the Senedd today, Lesley Griffiths updated Assembly Members on the progress over the last 12 months. She said:
“We’ve developed strong momentum over the past year. Our focus remains clear: we want safe, sustainable high-quality healthcare for the future. Our overarching aims are better health for all, reduced health inequalities and the best possible outcomes for patients.
“Over the last year, we have made great strides in implementing the changes outlined in Together for Health to improve patient care.
“The Cancer Delivery Plan’s first annual report is expected later this month, and consultations on the Stroke Delivery Plan and the Cardiac Delivery Plan have now closed.
“The consultation on the End of Life Delivery Plan closes in December. A draft Diabetes Delivery Plan will shortly be issued for consultation and the Mental Health and Wellbeing Delivery Plan was launched in October.
“A new financial regime is nearing completion. This will support far better medium term planning, and help the NHS manage its finances in a more flexible way.”
“We have also seen unprecedented levels of engagement undertaken by health boards across Wales as they plan improvements to some of their services. This work has been of immense value – we need to hear the voice of local people as we plan high quality sustainable services.
“Later this month we will also be launching a debate on how best we can improve health with a Public Health Green Paper.
“This is the first year of a five year journey of sustained improvement. I am delighted with early progress and look forward to reporting on further advances in further years.”