Health and Social Services newsletter - October 2018

October 2018 • Issue 029


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Wales and Scotland Health Secretaries raise serious concerns about EU Settlement Scheme

Both Health Secretaries believe including family members in the scheme would potentially help remove some of the uncertainty for EU staff at this unsettling time.

Vaughan Gething

Funding announced to prepare health service in Wales for Brexit

Health Secretary, Vaughan Gething, has announced £210,000 funding to help prepare the health service in Wales for Brexit.

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£20million to support Welsh NHS and partners this winter

This money will help people to access care closer to home, ensure there is sufficient available hospital capacity and to help people to leave hospital for home when they are ready.


Over £11m for new scanning equipment announced by Vaughan Gething

Welsh Government funding will pay for new MRI scanners at Singleton Hospital, Swansea; Ysbyty Glan Clwyd, Bodelwyddan; and Bronglais Hospital, Aberystwyth.

Vaughan Gething

Cwmtawe project backed in £100m transformation of health and social care

Health Secretary, Vaughan Gething, has announced £1.7m funding for a Cwmtawe project to develop new models of health and social care.


Ministers confirm £180m to deliver seamless health and social care in Wales

As part of the process of transforming the health and social care system, the Welsh Government wants everyone to have access to a single integrated package of health and social care when they need it.


“Loneliness and social isolation is a growing threat to public health: We must tackle it together”– Huw Irranca-Davies

The Welsh Government has identified some areas where action can make a significant contribution to reducing loneliness and social isolation.

Vaughan Gething

First part of £100m transformation of health and social care announced

Developed by the Cardiff and Vale Regional Partnership Board, the Me, My Home, My Community project integrates health and social care to bring care closer to home. 



£5 million to help relieve pressure on critical care this winter

The £5m is part of the new £15m annual funding for critical care the Welsh Government announced in July 2018.


Chair of the Board of Community Health Councils in Wales to step down

Mutale Merrill, OBE, Chair of the Board of Community Health Councils in Wales, has announced she is leaving her post to allow her successor time to manage the transitional period to a new Citizens’ Voice body for Wales.



“We must build on the success of Train, Work, Live” – Vaughan Gething

The medical phase of the campaign, now entering its third year, promotes Wales internationally as an excellent place for doctors, including GPs, to train, work and live.



National Adoption Week

More people across Wales are being encouraged to consider adopting children by the Minister for Children, Huw Irranca-Davies.


Save a Life Cymru to create a life-saving chain of survival across Wales

The development of a new scheme which will encourage more people across Wales to learn and use lifesaving skills has been announced by Health Secretary Vaughan Gething.


International Day of Older Persons: “Older people have human rights – they must be respected” – Huw Irranca-Davies

The Minister has reaffirmed the Welsh Government’s commitment to putting the human rights of older people in Wales at the heart of Welsh public services.


Pilots for new ways to tackle mental health issues announced

New pilots to reduce reliance on prescription medication by prescribing interventions to improve mental health have been announced.


Welsh Government proposes 50p minimum unit price for alcohol

It is currently intended that the new regime will come into force in summer 2019.



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