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Welsh Govt and Lib Dems agree NHS commission

The Welsh Government and the Welsh Liberal Democrats have agreed in principle to set up a commission to look at the future of the NHS here.

In a letter to Lib Dem leader Kirsty Williams, Health Minister Mark Drakeford proposed the commission would have an independent chair, and cross-party representation.

It would aim to:

  • Identify some of the key issues currently facing the health service - with the evidence already available
  • Draw out the challenges for the coming years - for example around funding, workforce and demand
  • Examine options for the way forward - and make recommendations about the future of the health service
The performance of the NHS in Wales has been under a great deal of scrutiny in recent years.

Mr Drakeford suggested the commission could start work in April, and report back either immediately before or after the 2016 Assembly election.

The Welsh Liberal Democrats have called on Plaid Cymru and the Welsh Conservatives to agree to take part in the commission.