Moves that will increase the voice of community nurses in the management of the NHS in Wales has been welcomed by the Community Practitioners’ and Health Visitors’ Association.
The Health and Social Services Minister for the National Assembly for Wales, Jane Hutt has announced the proposed structural changes to the NHS in Wales and they are due to be debated by the Assembly Members tomorrow (Thursday, 15 November).
The CPHVA’s Professional Officer for Wales, Ann Owen said: ‘We welcome the inclusion of a community nurse on the executive of the Local Health Board, as well as them being board members. We believe that this positive move will assist the National Assembly in achieving the goals of the NHS Plan to tackle health inequalities in Wales, including the high waiting lists and times.’
‘We have been campaigning to strengthen the nursing voice on the LHGs since their introduction - not to protect the profession, but to start addressing the real health inequalities and problems that the NHS has in Wales’
‘Health visitors and school nurses are battling against the odds to tackle the real public health issues at ground level - having community nurses in a strong position at the LHB level will enable the planning and commissioning of community services that are fit for the purpose.’
‘Strengthening services at the community level are the key to addressing many of the problems facing the acute sector. We can now begin to build a health service in Wales that is able to put the patient at the heart of the organisation and deliver the wider public health agenda that is needed to tackle the poor health of the people of Wales.’