The RCN in Wales influences nursing and health policy on behalf of its members in a number of ways:
- political liaison
- making policy proposals
- submitting consultation responses
- participating in government task and finish groups
- joint influencing with other campaign groups
- NHS Partnership Forum
- providing educational events, briefings and information requests for Assembly Members and Members of Parliament
- giving evidence to National Assembly committee inquiries
- influencing legislation
On this website you can read the latest news and press releases from RCN Wales, contribute to consultation responses we are planning and find out about the campaigns that we are running.
We have also included new pages explaining how the Assembly works so read the pages and you can begin to influence health policy in Wales.
Politics in Wales
The National Assembly for Wales
The National Assembly for Wales consists of 60 Assembly Members (known as AMs). The work of this democratically elected body includes:
- scrutinising the decisions of the Welsh Government (AMs ask ministers questions or propose new policies)
- passing legislation (e.g. the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014).
- acting as a distinct ‘voice for Wales’.
The Political Party that has the largest number of seats generally forms the Welsh Government. If no one party has a majority then parties will seek to make supportive agreements amongst themselves as is currently the case or more formal arrangements known as a coalition. The 2007-11 Welsh Government was known as the One Wales Coalition between Welsh Labour and Plaid Cymru. However, since the 2011 National Assembly Elections the Welsh Labour party has governed alone.
To find out more about the National Assembly and who your Assembly Members are, go to www.assembly.wales
The Welsh Government
The Welsh Government is led by the First Minister and a Cabinet of Ministers. The Welsh Government's remit includes:
- setting budgets (the 2014/15 Budget totalled £15.3 billion)
- developing policy (e.g. the Primary Care Services Plan)
- The operational direction of the NHS in Wales (e.g. setting waiting time targets)
- creating and abolishing health agencies and assembly-sponsored public bodies (e.g. Local Health Boards or Care Standards Inspectorate Wales)
To find out more about the Welsh Government, and who the ministers are, go to www.wales.gov.uk.