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Securing a brighter future by switching out the lights
Many buildings across the Welsh Government’s estate along with Cadw’s monuments will be in darkness this Saturday when lights are switched off in support of the WWF’s Earth Hour.
- New plans to reduce the number of children living in poverty
- £5million loan scheme to improve local sport facilities and get Wales active
- Securing a brighter future by switching out the lights
- Consultation on the Agricultural Advisory Panel for Wales - 2015
- Changes to the Producer Responsibility regimes for batteries and packaging
- Consultation on a Private Rented Sector Code of Practice for Landlords and Agents
- Call for evidence on the use and effectiveness of Civil Sanctions for environmental offences
- Proposed changes to homelessness data collections
- The Planning (Hazardous Substances) (Wales) Regulations 2015
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Written Statement - Review of Community Health Councils
Community Health Councils fulfil an important role in providing a voice for patients and in monitoring the NHS throughout Wales. On their inception in April 2010, the previous Minister for Health and Social Services announced a review of Community Health Councils should be undertaken two years after their inception. I have decided this review will commence in April 2012 and be undertaken by Professor Marcus Longley of the Welsh Institute for Health and Social Care.
The terms of reference of the Review are:
Working with stakeholders, including Community Health Councils, Local Health Boards and Trusts, Local Authorities, the Third Sector, NHS Confederation, Health Bodies such as PHW, Healthcare Inspectorate Wales, the Care and Social Services Inspectorate for Wales, the Children’s Commissioner and the Older People’s Commissioner, the review will:
- undertake a root and branch review of the governance of Community Health Councils and, in particular, to make recommendations on
- the operational structure
- lines of accountability including links to the Welsh Government
- the role and responsibilities of the Director of the Board of Community Health Councils
- the membership structure and the appointment processes
- making effective use of Third Sector and Local Authorities membership
- recommend where and how we need to develop Community Health Councils, including the members, into ‘professional’ organisations which fit the strategic needs of ‘Together for Health’
- review how Community Health Councils and Health Boards are working together for the benefit of people in Wales including how they fulfil their statutory obligations
- review what we are getting for our money and where Community Health Councils can be more efficient
- identify good practice examples within the Community Health Councils which need to be more widely adopted and how this can be done
- review and make recommendations on any future developments on their “critical friend” role in relation to Health Boards, including acting as the ‘patients’ voice
- consider their relationship with the Welsh Government and other bodies including Healthcare Inspectorate Wales, the Care and Social Services Inspectorate for Wales, the Children’s Commissioner and the Older People’s Commissioner
- consider how the Advocacy Service should be provided in the future.
I anticipate the review will report to me in June. This will be followed by formal consultations on its recommendations over the summer. I will report the findings of the review to the Assembly in the Autumn.