Concise Minutes - Health and Social Care Committee

Meeting Venue:

Hybrid - Committee room 5 Tŷ Hywel and video conference via Zoom
Meeting date: Wednesday, 6 July 2022

Meeting time: 09.28 - 12.16
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Members of the Senedd:

Russell George MS (Chair)

Rhun ap Iorwerth MS

Gareth Davies MS

Mike Hedges MS

Ken Skates MS (in place of Jack Sargeant MS)

Joyce Watson MS


Dr Julie Keely, Royal College of General Practitioners Wales

Lisa Turnbull, Royal College of Nursing

Professor Euan Hails, Royal College of Nursing Wales

Professor Keith Lloyd, Royal College of Psychiatrists

Committee Staff:

Helen Finlayson (Clerk)

Claire Morris (Second Clerk)

Lowri Jones (Deputy Clerk)

Sarah Hatherley (Researcher)

Philippa Watkins (Researcher)

Dr Paul Worthington (Researcher)

Rhayna Mann (Citizens Engagement)

Steven Williams (Citizens Engagement)



1       Introductions, apologies, substitutions and declarations of interest

1.1        The Chair welcomed Members to the meeting.

1.2        Apologies were received from Jack Sargeant MS, Ken Stakes MS attended as a substitute for item 3.



2       Mental health inequalities: evidence session with the primary care sector

2.1 The Committee received evidence from representatives of the primary care sector.



3       Mental health inequalities: evidence session with the secondary care sector

3.1 The Committee received evidence from a representative of the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

3.2 Professor Lloyd agreed to write to the Committee to: share existing evidence on ethnic minority communities and the Mental Health Act; provide suggestions of actions that Welsh Government or other decision makers could take to address mental health inequalities relating to older people, people with hearing loss, people with neurodivergent conditions, and other disadvantaged groups; and views on Greater Good, an online resource established to share best practice with regard to mental health and well-being by the University of Berkley, California.



4       Paper(s) to note



4.1   Letter from the Minister for Health and Social Services to y Llywydd regarding The National Health Service (Charges to Overseas Visitors) (Amendment) (No. 3) (Wales) Regulations 2022 (“the 2022 Regulations”)

4.1 The Committee noted the letter.



5       Motion under Standing Order 17.42 (ix) to resolve to exclude the public from the remainder of this meeting

5.1 The Committee agreed the motion.



6       Mental health inequalities: consideration of evidence

6.1 The Committee considered the evidence received and agreed next steps for the inquiry.



7       Forward work programme

7.1 The Committee agreed the schedule of business for the autumn term.





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