Wales to explore creation of a National Care Service


A new group will be set up to explore the creation of a National Care Service in Wales.

Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford (pictured) and Plaid Cymru leader Adam Price said in their 2021 Coorporation Agreement that the group will support their shared ambition to create the service, which will be free at the point of need.

“We will agree an implementation plan by the end of 2023. We will continue to better integrate health and care and work towards parity of recognition and reward for health and care workers,” the report said.

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The Welsh Government and Plaid Cymru have pledged work together over the coming three years on the defined policy commitments listed in the Cooporation Agreement – policies in which they have common interests to implement progressive solutions – from ensuring no child goes hungry to exploring the long-term future of social care.

“Together, we will use this opportunity to address issues which take the greatest political and policy effort to resolve and, together, we will create progressive, made-in-Wales solutions,” Drakeford and Price said.

In August, the Scottish Government launched its consultation to seek the public’s views on its proposals for a National Care Service.

The news followed an independent review of adult social care led by Derek Feeley, which recommended that the service should be established on an equal footing with NHS Scotland.

The consultation ran until 18 October and respondents were asked to use the government’s consultation hub, Citizen Space, to share their views.

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