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

There is evidence that certain groups experience persistent inequalities in accessing healthcare in Wales, but a lack of data separated by protected characteristic makes it difficult to fully understand these disparities. Though the Welsh Government has introduced services to improve access to healthcare for some groups, there is very limited evidence of improved outcomes. The coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination programme has achieved widespread coverage, but the pandemic has severely exacerbated existing delays in treatment for other conditions.

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

The assessment was made based on the evidence available up to 30/09/2021