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National Assembly for Wales

The RCN in Wales influences health policy on behalf of our 24,000 members in Wales.

Our work is led by members and includes:

  • influencing legislation and policy
  • holding high profile events
  • briefing Government and Assembly Members
  • organising political campaigns

Legislation and policy in Wales are devolved in the fields of social care and health.

National Assembly for Wales

The National Assembly for Wales consists of 60 Assembly Members (AMs). The work of this nationally elected body includes:

  • scrutinising the decisions of the Welsh Government  
  • passing legislation (eg the Human Transplantation Act)
  • acting as a distinct voice for Wales

Welsh Government

The Welsh Government is led by the First Minister. They appoint a cabinet of ministers including a Minister for Health & Social Services. The Welsh Government's remit includes: 

  • setting the Budget (the 2014-15 Budget totalled £15.3 billion) 
  • proposing the legislative programme (eg the Social Services and Wellbeing Bill)   
  • developing policy (eg Welsh Declaration of the Rights of Older People)
  • the operational direction of the NHS in Wales (eg new targets on outcomes for the ambulance service)
  • creating and abolishing health agencies and Welsh Government-sponsored public bodies (eg Health Boards or Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales)

Further information

Find out more about the RCN's work in Wales.