Hafal’s Campaigns Manager John Abbott met the newly-appointed Welsh Liberal Democrat Shadow Health Minister Peter Black this week to raise the issues facing people with a serious mental illness in Wales.
Discussing the new NHS structure that will see the establishment of seven Boards in place of the existing 14 Trusts and 22 Local Health Boards, Mr Black said he strongly supported Hafal’s call for mental health to be a priority.
“I think it is essential that one of the Executive Directors on each of the seven Boards is dedicated to dealing exclusively with mental health.
“This will ensure that mental health is given the prominence it was promised, and it will mean that those seven Executive Directors with a mental health function can work together with the all-Wales NHS to take forward mental health policy.”
Mr Black also pledged his support for Hafal.
“Like my predecessor Jenny Randerson I intend to support fully the excellent work Hafal does across the 22 counties of Wales. Hafal gives a strong campaigning voice to some of the most vulnerable people in society, and this is a voice I intend to listen to.”
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