Rheumatology Services in South Wales Central
Gareth Bennett AM
Party: United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP)
Early inflammatory arthritis clinics are one method of improving access to treatment for rheumatoid arthritis sufferers. What steps are you taking to facilitate the greater provision of these clinics?
Vaughan Gething AM
Title: Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Services Party: Welsh Labour
Well, as I’ve indicated, this is an area of service review that’s being undertaken. So, the WHSSC review will help us to understand, as well as the broader responsibilities of health boards that I indicated in the first part of my original answer to the question. So, it is about understanding what we need, where responsibility lies, and then seeing that provision actually take place. So, I’m confident that this is an issue that the health service is taking seriously, and it ought to come up with a real and material plan for improvement. Because I recognise, as do other Members, this is an area for further improvement to be made.