Access to healthcare – Welsh Government assessment

Progress assessment

No progress

There have been no legal or policy changes to improve human rights protections in relation to this issue, and very limited evidence of progress in the enjoyment of these rights

A lack of evidence and data separated by protected characteristic means there is an incomplete picture of the barriers specific groups face in accessing healthcare in Wales. However, there is evidence that certain groups experience persistent inequalities and discrimination in accessing services. Waiting times for treatment have not improved significantly in recent years, and the pandemic has made existing delays worse. While the Welsh Government has introduced services to improve access to healthcare for some groups, there is limited evidence of improvements of outcome in access.

Read more about the UK and Welsh Governments’ actions on access to healthcare.

The assessment was made based on the evidence available up to 15/09/2020