Invest to Save – fighting to improve services in Wales

Ray Thomas and Bethan Jenkins AM launch the report with Julie James AM and Mark Drakeford AM

Invest to Save campaign makes a significant impact in the Welsh Assembly

I was with Robert Meadowcroft, our Chief Exec, Nic and Lisa at the Welsh Assembly in Cardiff on Wednesday evening for the launch of our new report, Invest to Save: Improving services and reducing costs in Wales.

Our dedicated and tireless supporters gathered with us in the Oriel space of the Senedd facing onto Cardiff Bay. The Oriel is situated right above the Senedd Chamber where the Plenary session of the Welsh Assembly was taking place. We peered down through the glass at the Assembly Members below before they joined us at our event.

Bethan Jenkins AM, host for the reception and Chair of the Cross Party Group on Muscular Dystrophy in the Welsh Assembly, opened the proceedings and outlined the aims and recommendations of the Invest to Save report. Ray Thomas, Chair of Muscular Dystrophy Campaign Wales, delivered an emotive speech about the lack of specialist care that was available for his sons and the vital importance of preventative investment.

Jan Williams, Chief Executive of Cardiff and Vale University Health Board, told us that there would be an audit of unplanned emergency admissions to hospital for people with neuromuscular conditions. She detailed the improvements that have already taken place but acknowledge that further investment in specialist posts was necessary.

Robert closed the first set of speeches by applauding the inspirational Ray Thomas, acknowledging that progress has been made but emphasising there are plenty of improvements to be made, and pointing out that the evidence is clear in the report that investment can help to reduce costs.

After a short break for supporters to meet AMs and for photos in front of the banners, Dr Mark Rogers offered a clinical perspective on the report, Henry Langen talked us through his journey and experiences of living with muscular dystrophy with a focus on the importance of preventative investment to save money.

Nic thanked everyone for their support at the reception, outlined some of the action points for our supporters following on from the event and received extra applause for closing in Welsh by saying ‘Diolch yn fawr’ (Thank you).

For more information about the Invest to Save in Wales campaign, please get in touch on 020 7803 4839 or by email at j.kingsley@muscular-dystrophy.org 

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