Welsh health minister calls on public to shape health and social care

Welsh health minister Eluned Morgan is calling on everyone to play their part in the future of Wales' health and social care system.

A new report has revealed that an ageing and sicker population will put health and social care services under greater strain.

Responding to the Chief Scientific Adviser for Health’s report looking at the likely pressures on the NHS over the next 10 to 25 years, Morgan said: "A growing and ageing population along with increasing numbers of people with multiple long term health conditions mean that pressures on the Welsh NHS and our social care system will keep rising, she said.

"As we look towards the future, we must protect the fundamental principles upon which our NHS was created whilst understanding that we will all need to rise to the challenges that lie ahead.

"We must continue to rebalance the system towards prevention and community-based health and social care, as well as making sure our services are used wisely, recognising that, every time we use the system, there is a cost.

"But this isn’t just about how the NHS adapts, lifestyle and economic inequalities are major determinants for health. Many serious conditions, including some cancers and Type 2 diabetes, are preventable so we can all play our part by making healthier choices. While all parts of government and society can contribute to tackling health inequalities."

She also urged people to take part in the public conversation launched by the Bevan Commission, to have their say in the future of health and social care services in Wales.