Wales rides the wave as Surf Snowdonia officially opens
The opening of Surf Snowdonia in Dolgarrog in the Conwy Valley this Saturday gives Wales another iconic adventure tourism attraction and makes it an adventure destination to rival any in the world.
- New system for emergency ambulance services to prioritise patients in most need of care
- Launching Saundersfoot Harbour to international success
- Wales rides the wave as Surf Snowdonia officially opens
- Draft statutory guidance on the National Training Framework on violence against women, domestic abuse and sexual violence
- Revisions to the Waste Duty of Care Code of Practice
- The Welsh Language Tribunal - Practice Directions
- Consultation on the Proposals for the Interim Agricultural Wages Order
- Developments of National Significance
Featured consultation »Prevention of Pollution (Oil Storage) (Wales) Regulations
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Section highlightThe Planning (Wales) Act 2015
The act puts in place delivery structures, processes and procedures to make Wales’ planning system fit for the 21st century.
Legislative programme 2014 - 2015 »
Bills that the Welsh Government will bring forward in 2014/2015.Learn more »
Section highlightTaxes in Wales
The devolution of some taxes to Wales from April 2018 provides us with the opportunity to reshape those taxes to better meet our circumstances and priorities.
1st Supplementary Budget 2015-16 »
The 1st supplementary budget proposes a number of changes to the final budget for 2015-16, which was published in December 2014.Learn more »
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Nearly 3 million people live in Wales and use the services of the NHS.
Annual Quality Statement for NHS Wales
The first NHS Wales Annual Quality Statement (download below) provides an overview of the work being carried out by all NHS Wales organisations to improve the quality of care for people living in Wales.
It also describes some of the improvements made in the last year, including:
- More eye health examinations available in the community to avoid hospital appointments
- Improvements in care for people at the end of their lives
- Steps to make NHS services dementia friendly
- Reductions in the number of people developing infections in hospitals– deaths from MRSA have fallen 34%; Clostridium difficile infections have fallen by 18%
- Vaccination levels are at their highest.
My Local Health Service
The website My Local Health Service (external link) presents information on how NHS Wales is performing.
This includes previously published, non-personal data on the performance of health services at levels relating to:
- Local Health Boards and Trusts
- GP surgeries.
It gives information on how local health services are doing, and to recognise and prompt improvement. My local health service presents data and graphs with explanatory text, to provide insight into NHS services. The site is updated regularly to include new data.
Information is presented on:
- hospital mortality rates, healthcare infection rates and nurse ratio
- progress in primary care on preventative measures to address major health issues such as heart disease, cancer and stroke
- the results of patient satisfaction surveys
- links to reports and locally-published performance data.
It was developed by a sub-group of the Transparency and Mortality Task Force. Work on the website was supported by the task force, which included representatives for service users.
The NHS delivers services through 7 Health Boards and 3 NHS Trusts in Wales:
- primary care services are provided by general practitioners and other health care professionals in health centres and surgeries across Wales
- secondary care is delivered through hospital and ambulance services
- tertiary care is provided by hospitals which treat particular types of illness such as cancer
- community care services are usually provided in partnership with local social services, and delivered to patients in their own homes.
Health services in Wales take account of the fact that Wales has:
- high rates of cancer and heart disease
- a high proportion of elderly people
- a mix of rural, urban and valleys areas.
For further information about the NHS in Wales, please visit the Health in Wales website (external link).