Establishing a People-Centered Health Service in Gwent, Wales

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The Welsh Health Planning Forum has developed a “Strategic Intent and Direction for the NHS in Wales.” The aim is “to take the people of Wales into the 21st Century with a level of health on course to compare with the best in Europe” (Welsh Office NHS Directorate, The Welsh Health Planning Forum, 1989). Gwent Health, one of the nine health authorities in Wales, provides a comprehensive health service to its population of 445,000 and was chosen to develop a prototype for the provision of cancer services. Gwent residents were invited to seminars to express their opinions of the health service that was provided and describe the type of service they would like to have in the future. The response was encouraging enough to engender the planning of future seminars.

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