There needs to be greater cohesion between health and social care in Wales to provide better service to patients, an independent health review has warned.
Dr Ruth Hussey who chaired the review says both services need to work closer together 'seamlessly' to bring care closer to home. Better transition from hospital to the social care system without 'artificial barriers' is key.
The panel recommends new models of care with services organised around the individual and their family, emphasising that services need to be preventative, easy to access and of high quality.
Dr Hussey says the scale of the challenge should not be underestimated:
However, the Welsh Government say £10million in funding has been provided to reduce pressure:
Other recommendations include moving resources away from larger hospitals, addressing staff shortages, and giving patients greater choice about where and how they want to be cared for.