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Welsh Government to prioritise MMR vaccinations for young children

The Welsh Government will prioritise MMR vaccinations of children up to four years of age, it has revealed in its programme for the coming year.

This follows the recent measles outbreak in Swansea, which led to more than 1,000 people contracting the disease, with more than 10,000 young people between the ages of 10 and 18 found to be unvaccinated.

The Welsh Government’s NHS Delivery Framework, published last week, said it is aiming for a 95% vaccination of all children up to four years of age.

It has also prioritised improving dignity in care through patient experience surveys and spot checks carried out by the independent health watchdog to assess improvements, it said.

The Welsh Government will also concentrate on improving ambulance response times, patient waiting times in A&E Departments and access to planned care and further reducing emergency hospital admissions through closer working between the NHS and social care agencies.

NHS Wales chief executive David Sissling said: ‘During the course of the next few months we will be looking to further improve our targets.

‘We will be working with our staff, stakeholders and service users to ensure we are monitoring and measuring the things which will really make a difference.’

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