Friday, 11 November 2011
Health Minister Lesley Griffiths extended her thanks to NHS staff engaged in 1000 Lives Plus at the programme’s National Learning Event on Tuesday 8 November 2011.
The Health Minister’s message was relayed to over 300 staff attending the event on two sites – in Cardiff and St Asaph. She said:
“I would like to extend a personal ‘thank you’, to you – and the teams and organisations you represent - for your commitment to improving the quality and safety of care for your patients.
I am regularly impressed by your determination not to settle for the status quo but to imagine and innovate new and improved ways of delivering healthcare to the people of Wales.
‘Together for Health’ – our recently published vision for taking the NHS forward over the next five years, sets out the Welsh Government’s commitment to developing a new NHS quality delivery plan to ensure patients experience, quality and safety of care with improved health outcomes are at the heart of NHS services.
The national and systematic approach to improvement which you are taking forward through 1000 Lives Plus, is central to achieving this.
You will know this comes against a challenging financial background – where all our public services need to do more for less. However, the focus on quality and safety must remain paramount.
Your work is already showing the focus on reducing waste, harm and variation is improving care for our citizens, as well as reducing cost.
Thank you for all you’re doing – it is clearly making a difference. However, now is not the time to sit back. The ongoing building of skills, local learning, sharing best practice and experience across Wales will continue to generate energy.
The people of Wales deserve nothing less than the best healthcare – thank you for working towards delivering it.
You can certainly ‘Count me in!’ on this important journey.”
Source: 1000 Lives Plus