The financial challenges facing health and social care in Wales will be the key theme of a free one-day symposium in February, organised by Swansea University’s research-based think tank The Morgan Academy in collaboration with The Health Foundation.
The ‘Avoiding a crisis: how can we better invest in the health and wellbeing of Wales’ event will be held in the Pierhead Building in Cardiff Bay on Monday 26 February, and chaired by BBC journalist and broadcaster, Bethan Rhys-Roberts.
The symposium brings together leaders in health and social care, to enquire how its growing needs should be funded in future, and whether the current budget is being invested in the right way.
The symposium will feature contributions by senior representatives and leaders of the Institute for Fiscal Studies, Public Health Wales, The Royal College of Emergency Medicine, and Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board.
Sir Mansel Aylward, Chair of the Bevan Commission, will open the debate with his view of the founding principles of the NHS and how healthcare should be funded, and the Welsh Government’s Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Mark Drakeford AM will deliver the symposium’s keynote address.
Helen Mary Jones, Deputy Director of the Morgan Academy, named after the late Rhodri Morgan, former First Minister of Wales and Swansea University Chancellor, said: “The Morgan Academy was created to deal with the pressing ‘wicked issues’ of public policy in Wales and the wider world. There are currently intense pressures facing health and social care, where incredible demands are being placed on staff to maintain the safety of patients in particular. However, the Welsh Government’s latest review of Health and Social Care in Wales doesn’t address the considerable financial strain that the NHS in Wales is under. This symposium aims to find tangible solutions to this significant issue”.
“We are delighted to be joined by key experts, who will bring a wide and challenging range of perspectives to this very important and timely debate. We hope that the event will instigate critical thinking and create innovative evidence-based policy”.
Date: Monday, February 26.
Time: 9.30am – 4.45pm
Location:Pierhead Building (Main Hall), Cardiff Bay, Cardiff, CF99 1NA.
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- Catrin Newman