The Welsh government has announced a £100m plan to help the health and care system recover from the pandemic.
The plan details the “unforgiving” impact of COVID-19 on social care services and identifies key priorities to help rebuild services, improve integration between health and social care, and build a resilient workforce.
Announcing the plan, Health Minister Vaughan Gething (pictured) said: “The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on our health and social care system, patients and staff. As we emerge from the most serious stage of the pandemic, we are now in a position to set out how we can start to recover.
“This plan sets out the broad principles of recovery and more detailed actions will follow. I am making available an initial £100m now to support the first steps, but it is clear more resources will be needed to make a full recovery.”
The plan sets out a need to develop the Rebalancing Care and Support white paper to provide a “route map to a modern and agile social care sector”; consider the future of the Local Authority Hardship Fund to ensure the sustainability of services; and recognise social care workers through pay and conditions in order to move towards paying the Real Living Wage within the sector.
The government also believes collaborative working need to improve and recognises a need to deal with the impact of Long COVID.
Gething added: “It will be a long journey, but it is also an opportunity to transform how we deliver health and care services in the future, and to tackle the health inequalities in our society that the pandemic has made even more evident.”