BDA Wales Board welcomes long term plan for health and social care in Wales11 June 2018
Following the publication today of A Healthier Wales: Our Plan for Health and Social Care by the Welsh government, British Dietetic Association Wales Board Chair Caroline Bovey RD BEM said;
“Today’s report is a welcome commitment from Welsh Government to a long-term, integrated approach to the health and social care services of Wales. The recognition that a whole systems approach is needed, with a greater emphasis on wellbeing, prevention and early intervention, is very positive. Our recent Dietitians Week campaign focused on prevention and public health and highlighted that our members stand ready to play a bigger role in this agenda.
“We also welcome the government’s clear commitment to invest in the skills and wellbeing of its Health and Social Care staff and ensure their voice is heard. Our health services only work because of the good will and dedication of its staff, who so often go above and beyond for their patients. We need to ensure that we draw on all of the expertise and experience of those working in our health and social care services.
“It is right that the plan recognises what we have already done and is committed to speeding up progress, rather than changing direction. Nonetheless, if the aims of the plan are to be achieved, the Welsh Government will have to back it up with firm action and clear funding commitments. This should begin with the publication of a robust and ambitious health weight strategy including the key policies outlined by Obesity Alliance Cymru.”
Notes to Editor
- Read ‘A Healthier Wales: Our Plan for Health and Social Care’ published on Monday 11th June.
- The plan is the Welsh Government’s response to the Parliamentary Review of Health and Social Care in Wales.
- Read Obesity Alliance Cymru’s proposals for a national strategy on preventing and reducing obesity.