NHS hospitals in Wales could “grind to a halt” unless more community-based support is provided to help care for dementia patients. Roughly one quarter of patients in district general hospital beds in Wales have dementia and other complex needs. Wales has the lowest dementia diagnosis rates recorded in the UK.
NHS ‘to grind to halt’ with dementia warns professor. Wales: BBC Wales / BBC Health News, October 21st 2014.
The Situation in Wales Generally
Possibly of background / contextual interest on meltdown issues and allegations:
Wales NHS ’tissue of lies’ accusation by minister. Wales: BBC Wales / BBC Health News, October 21st 2014.
Welsh NHS has ‘nothing to hide’, says health minister. Wales: BBC Wales / BBC Health News, October 26th 2014.
Clarke, O. (2015). NHS Wales: ‘Not worse than in England’ poll suggests. Wales: BBC Wales / BBC Health News, January 26th 2015.
The Wales Audit Office has recommended that hospitals can reduce waiting times and minimise “over-treatment” by concentrating on prudent healthcare; i.e. focusing on the minimum treatment needed. This would save time and resources, and help meet the 26-week waiting times target for non-emergency treatment.
NHS waiting lists can be cut through ‘radical’ reform. Wales: BBC Wales Politics / BBC Health News, January 27th 2015.
The Welsh government has protected social care spending better, allowing patients to be transferred back into the community more efficiently and thereby freeing hospital beds.
Pym, H. (2015). State of the NHS: Wales v England. London: BBC Health News, February 18th 2015.
Green Paper: Our Health, Our Health Service Consultation
NHS decisions ‘could be removed from political control’. London: BBC Health News / BBC News (Wales), July 6th 2015.