NDM8004 Plaid Cymru debate - Women's health

NDM8004 Sian Gwenllian (Arfon)

To propose that the Senedd:

1. Regrets the lack of mention of women’s health – including maternity provision – in the Welsh Government’s existing long-term plan for health and social services, ‘A Healthier Wales’, despite the stated aim of becoming a 'feminist government'.

2. Notes that health conditions which solely affect women and those assigned female at birth, such as endometriosis, menopause, and diseases which disproportionately impact females, including auto-immune and cardiovascular diseases, osteoporosis, and dementia, incur a significant cost burden.

3. Notes that the ONS details that women live fewer years in good health than men and are more likely to be in poverty, requiring both social and financial support.

4. Calls on the Welsh Government to:

a) develop a bespoke Women’s Health Strategy for Wales which should focus on life-long women’s health;

b) provide consistent high-quality services, including specialist tertiary care, accessible to residents the length and breadth of Wales;

c) invest in high quality research into women’s health and treatment;

d) invest in enhanced training for healthcare professionals in Wales on women’s health areas.

Welsh Government: A Healthier Wales: our Plan for Health and Social Care

The following amendment was tabled:

Amendment 1 Lesley Griffiths (Wrexham)

Delete all and replace with:

To propose that the Senedd:

1. Acknowledges that women’s health is not specifically mentioned in the Welsh Government’s existing long-term plan for health and social services, ‘A Healthier Wales’, as this is a high-level strategy setting out the framework and key principles for ensuring person-centred care for everyone in Wales and, as such, does not focus on particular groups or conditions.

2. Notes that health conditions which solely affect women and those assigned female at birth, such as endometriosis, menopause, and diseases which disproportionately impact females, including auto-immune and cardiovascular diseases, osteoporosis, and dementia, incur a significant cost burden.

3. Notes that the ONS details that women live fewer years in good health than men and are more likely to be in poverty, requiring both social and financial support.

4. Notes that the Welsh Government have committed to publish a Quality Statement and NHS plan in the summer with a focus on providing consistent high-quality services across all areas of women’s health.

Business type: Debate

Reason considered: Senedd Business;

Status: For consideration

First published: 18/05/2022