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Law to safeguard & strengthen agricultural industry receives Royal Assent
A new Welsh law to protect low paid agricultural workers and strengthen the agricultural industry has been granted Royal Assent by Her Majesty the Queen.
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- Food Hygiene Rating (Promotion of Food Hygiene Ratings) (Wales) Regulations
- Strategic Environmental Assessment: Environmental Report, Ireland Wales cooperation Programme 2014-2020
- Amending the Environmental Damage (Prevention and Remediation) Regulations 2009 to transpose Article 38 of the Offshore Safety Directive
- Statutory Guidance to the Independent Remuneration Panel for Wales in relation to the salaries of Local Authority Chief Executives
- Active Travel Action Plan
- Statutory Guidance for the Delivery of the Active Travel (Wales) Act 2013
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Section highlightThe Gender-based Violence, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence (Wales) Bill
The Bill aims to improve the Public Sector response in Wales to gender-based violence, domestic abuse and sexual violence.
Legislative programme 2013 - 2014 »
The First Minister detailed the 8 bills in the Welsh Government’s 5-year Legislative Programme that will be brought forward during the 3rd year of the Welsh Assembly.Learn more »
Section highlightProject pipeline update - June 2014
Our pipeline provides visibility of infrastructure investment activity across Wales.
1st Supplementary Budget 2014-15 »
The 1st Supplementary Budget proposes a number of changes to the Final Budget for 2014-15, which was published in December 2013.Learn more »
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In health, there is a continual need to improve and update services.
Reform of the NHS in Wales is one aspect of the Welsh Government’s work to create a world-class health service.
The Welsh Government’s Health and Social Services Directorate funds, directs and monitors the performance of health services in Wales. It works in partnership with National Health Service (NHS) organisations such as the seven area health boards and the three specialist trusts.
Health services are usually categorised into primary care, secondary care and tertiary care.
Primary care services
Primary care services are provided by family doctors (also known as general practitioners or GPs), opticians, dentists, pharmacists, and other healthcare professionals.
There are more than 1,900 family doctors in Wales, more than 1,000 dentists, and some 600 opticians. Family doctors are the first point of call, referring people to hospitals or specialist treatment when necessary.
Other healthcare staff working in the community include:
- specialist community public health nursing;
- community nurses;
- occupational and speech therapists; and
- practice nurses.
Secondary care refers to hospitals and ambulance services. These are provided by seven local health boards, a national Ambulance Service Trust and a specialist cancer trust.
Tertiary care refers to specialised care provided at some of the larger hospitals or through specialist hospitals treating particular types of illness such as cancer.
In addition to the above, community care services are provided in partnership with local social services. Community care services are usually defined as those services which are provided to patients in their own homes.
They include a range of primary care services provided by nurses, midwives, health visitors and services from other professionals such as occupational therapists.