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9 February 2016

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Minutes of a meeting of the Cabinet.

Present: 

  • Rt. Hon. Carwyn Jones AM, First Minister (Chair)
  • Leighton Andrews AM
  • Mark Drakeford AM
  • Lesley Griffiths AM
  • Edwina Hart MBE, CStJ, AM
  • Jane Hutt AM (items 4-6)
  • Huw Lewis AM
  • Carl Sargeant AM
  • Theodore Huckle QC

Officials:

  • Sir Derek Jones KCB, Permanent Secretary
  • Des Clifford, Principal Private Secretary to the First Minister
  • Peter Greening, Cabinet Secretary (items 4 – 6)
  • Marion Stapleton, Head of the First Minister’s Delivery Unit
  • Toby Mason, Head of Strategic Communications
  • Jo Kiernan, Special Adviser
  • Andrew Bold, Special Adviser
  • Madeleine Brindley, Special Adviser 
  • David Costa, Special Adviser
  • Matt Greenough, Special Adviser
  • Andrew Johnson, Special Adviser
  • Alex Rawlin, Special Adviser
  • Christopher W Morgan, Cabinet, Plenary and Committee Secretariat (minutes)
  • Chris Jones, Deputy Chief Medical Officer (item 3)
  • Caren Fullerton, Chief Digital Officer (item 5)
  • Glyn Jones, Chief Statistician (item 5)

Apologies:

  • Janice Gregory AM

Item 1:  Minutes of the previous meeting

1.1 Cabinet approved the minutes of the previous meeting.   

Item 2: First Minister’s Items

St David Awards Ceremony

2.1 The First Minister reminded Cabinet that the St David Awards ceremony would be taking place on Thursday 10th March and indicated that all Ministers were expected to attend and host a table, unless there were exceptional circumstances.

Item 3: NHS Quality, Governance and Functions Green Paper CAB(15-16)37  

3.1 The Minister for Health and Social Services introduced the paper, which asked Cabinet to note the summary of responses to the Green Paper on NHS Quality, Governance and Functions.

3.2 The Green Paper, which had been published on 6th July for an extended consultation period, and closed on 20th November, had generated 170 responses.  The report that accompanied the paper summarised the key themes from the consultation, which would need to be considered by the next Government.

3.3 The themes included: looking at the remit and independence of the Inspectorates, leading to exploring the potential for a full merger; and consideration of whether the current model, focus and functions of Community Health Councils (CHCs) required further change.  In terms of integration, there would be a need to consider whether Health and Social Care functions could be brought together without the need for reconfiguration.  There was also the potential for the alignment of the powers and duties of Health Boards and Trusts for financial and planning arrangements.  

3.4 The development of consistent models of joint working across the public sector in Wales had also been suggested.

3.5 Cabinet welcomed the paper and the detailed public engagement process, which had attracted significant interest. 

3.6 Cabinet noted the paper.

Item 4: Forthcoming Assembly Plenary Business

4.1 Cabinet noted the contents of the Plenary grid.

4.2 The Minister for Finance and Government Business advised Cabinet that the Assembly’s Business Committee had agreed to proposals to make more time available to consider the remaining stages of the Public Health (Wales) Bill before the Easter recess.

Item 5: Data and its use in improving the delivery of Public Services CAB(15-16)50

5.1 The Minister for Public Services introduced the paper, which asked Cabinet to note the opportunities offered by access, sharing and analysis of data to drive improvement in public services.

5.2 The Public Services Summit in November highlighted examples of where data had been used to improve outcomes, how real-time data was informing citizen choice, and how management and statistical information was being used effectively to drive performance improvement.  

5.3 Welsh Ministers had already laid some solid foundations and the paper highlighted work being undertaken within Government and across the public sector.

5.4 Through ‘Lle’, the spatial open data platform, and ‘StatsWales’ the Welsh Government was already increasing openness and accessibility of its data.  In addition, Welsh public service projects, such as Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hubs, were already realising the benefits associated with data sharing.

5.5 The role of the Chief Digital Officer provided an opportunity to drive further improvements in the use, management and exploitation of data.  The publication of the Welsh Government Open Data Plan and the increased exploitation of current platforms represented a practical opportunity to work with other public sector bodies to help them produce their own open data plans.

5.6 Cabinet approved the paper.

Item 6: Any other business

6.1 The Minister for Public Services referred to the UK Government letter about the Trade Union Bill which had been leaked to the Socialist Worker newspaper.  The letter referred to the UK Government’s own legal advice which suggested that they would have a very weak case should they try to implement some of the provisions of the Bill in Wales.

 

Cabinet, Plenary and Committee Secretariat
February 2016