Nineteen integrated health and care centres to be opened in Wales by 2021

6 December 2017
ITV Wales

Nineteen new health and care centres are due to be opened across Wales by 2021 according to Health Secretary, Vaughan Gething.

These facilities will bring care services closer to people’s homes, improving access for thousands of people.

Funding of up to £68 million will go towards new community hubs and GP centres.

The Health Secretary says.

We’re funding the future of healthcare in Wales and the pipeline of projects I’m announcing today will make a significant difference to the care people receive closer to home in their communities.

Dr Charlotte Jones, chair of BMA’s General Practitioners Committee is concerned, however.

Whilst we welcome improving access to services closer to people’s homes, it’s difficult to assess the impact this will have without knowing the intricacies of how it will work. It’s concerning to us that the initial reaction from LMC members suggests that they haven’t been involved in the design of the scheme.

It’s vital that local clinicians, who understand the needs of the local community, are involved in service design to ensure that patients receive the services they deserve.

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