Author: Age Cymru
Published on 10 November 2011 10:00 AM
Commenting on reports that people in Wales are prepared to accept major changes to their hospitals in return for better healthcare, Age Cymru’s Policy Advisor Amy Clifton says:
“The NHS in Wales is facing major changes and the priority for Age Cymru is to ensure that our health service will be able to meet the needs of older people in years to come.
"The priority for reform must be to improve patient’s experience and treatment in the NHS, with a focus on the quality and availability of health care services across Wales.
“Older people have told us that a significant concern for them at the moment is that that during hospital stays there needs to be more support for personal care and nurses must be enabled to spend more time caring for patients.
“In any proposed changes to the NHS in Wales, we are calling on the Welsh Government to protect frontline staffing levels to make sure patients are getting the care they need, as well as addressing the failings in basic care that exists in some hospitals.”