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Health and Social Care (Quality and Engagement) (Wales) Act 2020


3.The Act makes provision about a number of interrelated proposals relating to quality and public engagement in health and social care.


Part 1 provides an overview of the main provisions of the Act.


Part 2 imposes a duty relating to improvement in the quality of health services on the Welsh Ministers and NHS bodies.


Part 3 makes provision for and about a duty of candour in respect of health services.


Part 4 establishes, and makes provision about the functions of, the Citizen Voice Body for Health and Social Care, Wales whose function is to represent the interests of the public in respect of health and social care and to provide advocacy services in respect of complaints. It also abolishes Community Health Councils and the Board of Community Health Councils.


Part 5 makes provision about vice-chairs of NHS Trusts, for minor and consequential amendments to other legislation and contains supplementary provisions about the Act including provision in relation to the making of regulations and arrangements for bringing the Act into force.

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