Commissioner visits Porthcawl

Monday, 24 April 2017

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Sarah Rochira, the Older People’s Commissioner for Wales, paid her annual visit to Porthcawl Shout Forum (PSF) last month.

She updated members on her five priorities for the past year. She has:

a) Recently published ‘GP Service in Wales’ following an investigation into primary health care

b) Continued to monitor the quality of life of residents in care homes

c) Secured the Welsh Government (WG) First Minister’s agreement to the need for a ‘Bill of Rights for Older People’ – based on U.N. principles

d) Published a report on dementia, entitled ‘Dementia- more than memory loss. The WG will produce a strategy on dementia in June/July 2017

e) Collaborated with the Children’s Commissioner to bring older and younger people together. The two commissioners explored common concerns such as loneliness and isolation, which is now regarded as a public health issue by the WG.

Work is also ongoing with Trading Standards to combat scams.

An ‘Ageing Well in Wales; programme has been introduced to ensure that Wales is a good place in which to age. Shout members lamented the paucity of NHS dental services in Porthcawl, and the threat of closure of public toilets.

Margaret Edwards (PSF)

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