Written Assembly Questions tabled on 10 July 2017 for answer on 17 July 2017
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Written Questions must be tabled at least five working days before they are to be answered. In practice, Ministers aim to answer within seven/eight days but are not bound to do so. Answers are published in the language in which they are provided, with a translation into English of responses provided in Welsh.
Andrew RT Davies (South Wales Central): Will the Cabinet Secretary provide a breakdown by health board area of the number of cancer patients who have had a key worker allocated on diagnosis and a care plan put in place? (WAQ73830) Andrew RT Davies (South Wales Central): Will the Cabinet Secretary explain how the Welsh Government defines the term 'key worker' for cancer patients, as per the commitment made in May 2010? (WAQ73831)
Answer recieved on 17 July 2017
The Cabinet Secretary for Health, Well-Being and Sport (Vaughan Gething): The Welsh Government does not hold details of the breakdown by health board area of the number of patients who have had a key worker allocated on diagnosis and a care plan put in place. The 2016 cancer patient experience survey, published on 5 July 2017, gives a reliable indication (86% at the all Wales level) and can be found at:
Guidance on the definition of a key worker is published at:
Janet Finch-Saunders (Aberconwy): Will the Cabinet Secretary make a statement on the hospital bed crisis in north Wales, given the current ward closures in Colwyn Bay Community Hospital and Llandudno General Hospital? (WAQ73832)
Answer recieved on 13 July 2017
Vaughan Gething: I expect health boards to plan and configure services that meet the needs of their people. This includes the provision of a sufficient number of hospital beds, in both general hospitals and community hospitals, deemed to be clinically necessary, to meet local expected demand, taking into account fluctuations in demand that occur throughout the year.
I understand that for the health board to continue to provide safe levels of nursing cover for their patients, they have temporarily had to consolidate their staff into a smaller number of locations this week. I understand the health board is actively taking part in recruitment events, both locally and nationally.