Wales: Welsh legislation focuses on quality of health and social care

06 September 2019

A health and social care bill that would introduce an ‘organisational duty of candour’ to encourage openness and transparency in NHS organisations has been introduced to the National Assembly for Wales.

The Health and Social Care (Quality and Engagement) (Wales) Bill embeds a system-wide approach to improving quality and public engagement in health and social care.

The bill will help NHS organisations be open with patients and service users when things go wrong. It places a duty on Welsh ministers to consider if any decision secures improvement in quality and outcomes, and gives them the chance to appoint a vice-chair on NHS trust boards if necessary.

The bill will also see the creation of an independent ‘citizen voice’ body to replace community health councils.

If passed, the bill will become law next summer.