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Health Insight April 2001: Health in Wales

  The Welsh NHS plan, 'Improving Health in Wales', (see Health Insight March) stresses there is a secure future for the network of major acute hospitals in the principality. Addressing the National Assembly recently, Health Minister Jane Hutt said, 'My vision for the future is not about getting rid of what we have now. It is not about centralising services and forcing patients to travel longer distances. It is about the organisation of clinical services to achieve the best balance between easy and fair access and the sustainability of good quality clinical practice.' Helping to implement the new plan will be Ann Lloyd who has been appointed the new NHS director in Wales. Ms Lloyd is a former chief executive of Frenchay Healthcare NHS Trust in Bristol.

Latest figures show a continued fall in the number of patients waiting for treatment in Wales. The number of patients waiting for their in-patient/day case treatment fell by nearly 6,000 during the month of February, and those waiting for their first out-patient appointment fell by almost 1 per cent during the month.

Sources: BMJ 3 March, Press release (The National Assembly of Wales)

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