APPENDICES TO THE MINUTES OF EVIDENCE
Memorandum submitted by the Welsh NHS
As you will know, in the past the Welsh NHS
Confederation and its predecessor bodies have been very pleased
to provide evidence to the Welsh Affairs Committee.
As a membership organisation it is vital that
our policies are anchored in the views of our members ie Health
Authorities, NHS Trusts and Local Health Groups in Wales, and
as a consequence we have consulted them on the issues covered
in the draft Bill. On this occasion there is general support for
the proposed measures and no major concerns are being raised.
We therefore feel that it would be inappropriate to provide oral
evidence to the Committee on these issues.
However, there is a general consensus as follows
which constitutes our written evidence to the Committee:
The continued existence of CHCs in Wales is
supported. Patient and public involvement in the NHS is vital
and it is important that the organisational structures in place
support and encourage this involvement. This principle of wide-ranging
involvement also applies to membership of the CHCs themselves,
which should represent the full spectrum of patient and public
The establishment of the Centre is welcomed
as an important step in co-ordinating public health skills across
Wales, and taking forward the health improvement agenda. As this
is a new body, it should be funded with new money rather than
at the expense of hard-pressed, existing health resources.
We support the establishment of Health Professions
Wales (HPW) as an Assembly sponsored public body with a flexible
role and remit. HPW will play a key role in the Welsh Assembly
Government strategic approach to health in Wales, strengthening
and investing in the health workforce at all levels and across
For the reasons explained above, we feel that
we are not in a position to provide further constructive evidence
and respectfully, with the Committee's agreement, wish to decline
the invitation on this occasion to provide oral evidence to the
Committee. We would, however, very much welcome the opportunity
in the future to provide evidence to the Welsh Affairs Committee
on health service related issues in Wales.
Director, The Welsh NHS Confederation
7 June 2002