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New Welsh Health Minister Warns of Difficult Changes Ahead

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The Health Minister for Wales, Lesley Griffiths, has only been in the job since May this year. But she has now pledged to take the flak for the huge number of changes that are coming to the health service.

The Public Health Wales conference was the platform for her impassioned speech. She promised to improve the maternity care that is currently available for women, and also described the two stage plan that was aimed at changing and improving the NHS.

She also pointed out the gap between the rich and the poor when it came to good health. She pledged to help close that gap in the coming years. The theme of change was also touched upon a great deal. Ms Griffiths focused on the fact that major changes need to come into play in the NHS in order for it to develop and offer a better service in the future.

Some were keen to hear her speech but some were unimpressed by what she had to say. There would appear to be some disagreement with her statement about the number of small and large hospitals in Wales at the moment. She said that there could be too many smaller ones and therefore there was a need to have some bigger hospitals in some areas.

Ms Griffiths also stated that the NHS could not be allowed to drift as a result of not stepping up to the issue of modernisation. It would appear the audience was split on whether it agreed with this or not.

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