Select Committee on Welsh Affairs Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence


Memorandum submitted by Breast Test Wales

  I am aware that some of my Public Health colleagues in Wales will have commented on the proposals and, in particular, on issues such as the perceived independence of the Wales Centre for Health, the requirement for the Centre to have formal links with academic centres in Wales and, most importantly, the Wales Centre for Health's ability to access health information appropriately to discharge the duties placed on it. In particular, I should like to endorse the memorandum of evidence submitted by Professor S.R. Palmer and Professor R. Lyons on these issues.

  My only additional comment would be regarding the functions of the Centre as laid out in section 3(1); these functions are not exclusive to the Wales Centre for Health and other organisations, eg the National Public Health Service in Wales, when it is established, and various information services in Wales currently located in Health Solutions Wales and the Wales Cancer Intelligence & Surveillance Unit, fulfil similar functions. It is, therefore, of vital importance that the appropriate mechanisms exist to ensure good collaboration and appropriate use of resource between such organisations. It would not be in the interests of the Welsh population for work to be duplicated or confusion over sources of authoritative advice to arise. However, if the appropriate arrangements can be assured, I believe the establishment of the Wales Centre for Health will contribute significantly to the public health in Wales.

Dr Cerilan Rogers MRCGP, FFPHM


25 June 2001

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