On January 24th 2020 the Welsh Government released the third and final delivery plan for its 10 year mental health strategy ‘Together for Mental Health’.
Responding to the plan, Hafal’s CEO Alun Thomas said: “Despite some positive steps we are disappointed to see the Welsh Government failing to follow their own principles of Prudent Healthcare – to provide care for those in the greatest health need first. The delivery plan once again fails to set out clear plans to ensure immediate support is given to those most in need and that care is provided at the appropriate level.
“This not only damages the efficacy of our health service but also leaves those with the greatest health need with an unnecessary wait and prolonged suffering.
“We are also astonished that the Welsh Government has failed to commit to ongoing funding of the Time to Change Wales programme jointly delivered by Hafal and Mind Cymru despite the impact of this programme being well evidenced. This programme has received derisory levels of funding when compared with Time to Change in England or See Me in Scotland and it appears that the challenge of stigma and discrimination is to be kicked into the long grass yet again.
“Hafal is a Member-led organisation, and we are disappointed that Welsh Government has not worked further towards a much needed service-user orientated mental health system in Wales. Assembly Members should perhaps be raising questions as to whether we really are all ‘Together’ for mental health.
“We hope that a new strategy for 2022 and beyond will address this imbalance and place the patient at the centre of mental health care in Wales.”