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Expert panel announced for Wales in first step to a National Care Service

BASW Cymru welcomes announcement on the future of social care but voices concern over timescales

An expert group has been set up to support the creation of a National Care Service which will be free at the point of need, continuing as a public service, with an implementation plan by the end of 2023.

The future of social care is part of the Welsh Government’s Co-operation Agreement with Plaid Cymru.  Find out more about the National Care Service on the Welsh Government website.

Commenting on the announcement, Allison Hulmes national director for BASW Cymru said:

“We are pleased to see the announcement of the National Care Service expert panel and look forward to viewing a full list of members. We are a little concerned however, at the short timeframe in which the panel must report its recommendations to the Welsh Government for the development of an implementation plan by of the end of 2023. We look forward to supporting the export panel in co-producing its recommendations with the social care sector.”