‘Dignified Care?’ Review: Interim statement


Commissioner welcomes second responses on dignity and respect

Following her statement on 18 July 2011, Ruth Marks, Older People’s Commissioner for Wales, has considered the second responses from the Welsh Government, Local Health Boards, Velindre NHS Trust and local authorities to the recommendations in her “Dignified Care?” Review. 

She has judged that they have made significant progress in meeting her recommendations to improve dignity and respect for older people in hospitals in Wales.

The following bodies have provided enough information to persuade the Commissioner that they will comply with her 12 recommendations:

  • All local authorities
  • Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board
  • Hywel Dda Health Board
  • Powys Teaching Health Board

The Commissioner is seeking further information from the following bodies to persuade her that they will comply with all of her recommendations:

  • Aneurin Bevan Health Board
  • Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board
  • Cardiff & Vale University Health Board
  • Cwm Taf Health Board
  • Velindre NHS Trust
  • The Welsh Government

Ruth Marks commented “After the initial responses to the recommendations set out in “Dignified Care?”, I requested further information from bodies, outlining how they would make my recommendations a practical reality.

“The second responses I have received show that more work has been done by many of these bodies to prove their commitment to providing dignified care. Some bodies have still to give me enough information to show that they will comply with every recommendation. ”

The Commissioner will issue her final verdict on the responses to her “Dignified Care?” Review by the end of October 2011.

“Dignified Care?” Full responses

“Dignified Care?”: Further information