Welsh health minister plans to make the NHS more accountable

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 23 September 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d6088
  1. Roger Dobson
  1. 1Abergavenny

Major changes are being planned for the NHS in Wales over the next five years. Services have to be safe, sustainable, effective, and fair, the Welsh Assembly Health minister, Lesley Griffiths, said in her first major speech.

“Bringing about these changes will not be easy,” she said. “They will not be easy for the dedicated staff that work in the NHS. The changes, in some instances, won’t be easy for some patients to accept either. Change is necessary and in some cases long overdue.”

Ms Griffiths, who has also set out plans to improve maternity care in Wales, outlined her vision for the NHS at the …

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