New system to assess health care quality

A system aimed at driving up standards in the NHS in Wales will be introduced this year.

NHS organisations have been asked to produce annual quality statements by the Welsh Government, which will give patients access to a range of information about the services available to them and how well those services are performing.

We need to ensure every patient, every day, gets excellent quality care wherever and whenever they receive it.We must be able to show clearly that we are doing the right thing, in the right way, in the right place, at the right time and with the right staff.

The aim of the Annual Quality Statement is to introduce systems for assuring high quality care and to improve health outcomes so Wales can match the best healthcare in the world.

– Health Minister Lesley Griffiths

NHS organisations will also introduce new 'quality triggers' including patient feedback, which will allow the organisations to monitor the services they provide and pick up signs of any potential risks.