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The Bevan Commission

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A report by the Bevan Commission 2008 - 2011.

The Bevan Commission has been established to advise the Minister on promoting health and health services improvement in Wales.

The Commission is not a formal part of the NHS in Wales.  It has been asked to give expert advice on:

  • the performance of Wales in relation to the Bevan Commission principles;
  • to assess whether Wales  is achieving its stated ambition of building health and health services which meet the needs of the people of Wales.

It was reformed in September 2011 to act as an impartial advisory group to the Minister for Health and Social Services (and Welsh Government Ministers).

Visit the Bevan Commission website (external link)

Terms of Reference

  • The Bevan Commission is independent from the Welsh Government.  Its role is to observe, interpret, analyse, scrutinise and comment on health-related matters in Wales and beyond and advise the Minister on actions to address this.  
  • In doing so, it should build on the conclusions in its 2011 report
  • In particular it will advise the Minister on:
    • the performance of Wales in relation to the Bevan Commission principles;
    • how to assess whether Wales is achieving its stated ambition of building health and health services in Wales that meet the needs of Wales but are comparable with the best anywhere.
  • It will regularly inform the Minister through its Chair of the work it is doing.
  • The Commission will usually operate under the Chatham House rule but also recognises the need for transparency and accountability. Meeting proceedings and reports will therefore be made public through the Commission’s website, which it will maintain independently of Welsh Government.
  • It may commission papers, request advice and seek further input and information from others, including members of the public.
  • It may also hold meetings in public.