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Responding to the report, Sara Moseley, Director of Mind Cymru, said:
“We welcome the report. It is positive to see the recognition of the need to remove the barriers between physical and mental health and engage people in their own treatment. However, given that mental ill health accounts for 20 per cent of the health burden, we are concerned that there are very few mentions of mental health in the document as a whole nor reference to how it fits with the big picture within health and social care. As we know, mental health services in Wales are patchy and it’s clear that more needs to be done if people with mental health problems are to get the help and support they need when they need it. We would hope that the increased focus on patient experiences will allow local Health Boards to improve their services at a local level.
“Although this report is a necessary and important step in improving Health and Social Care in Wales, we feel that there now needs to be immediate action to take this forward. We await the Welsh Government’s response with particular interest.”Mental health services