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What is the Bevan Commission?

The Bevan Commission provides independent, authoritative advice and guidance directly to the Minister for Health and Social Services (now Cabinet Secretary for Health, Wellbeing and Sport) on matters relating to health and healthcare in Wales.

Established in 2008 on the 60th anniversary of the founding of the National Health Service, the Commission’s aim is to provide advice more widely, making its expertise and advisory services accessible both within the United Kingdom and worldwide.

The Commission achieves this through extensive research and report publications to help in its ambitions of building effective healthcare services that meet the needs of Wales.

Since its formation, the Commission’s work has developed, adding significant value and impact to the work of the Welsh Government and the NHS in Wales.

The Commission, chaired by Profession Sir Mansel Aylward, draws its expertise from members based in Wales, the UK and internationally. Its global reach is demonstrated by the firm links it has with national governments, academia and national health systems in Australasia, Europe and North America.

Role and objectives

The Commission’s role is to:

  • Observe, interpret, analyse, scrutinise, advise and comment on health and health-related matters in Wales; and,
  • Provide expert advice, informed by sound evidence and consensus of the authoritative opinion to the Minister

The Commission focuses on how Wales may achieve its ambition of building healthcare services based upon Aneurin Bevan’s core principles to best meet the needs of the people of Wales, matching the best comparable systems elsewhere in the world.

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