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Experts back healthcare institute

Online advice to improve health and social care in Wales has the backing of specialists keen to share their ideas.

The National Institute for Health and Social Care Research (NISCHR) has been hailed as meeting a major commitment of the One Wales coalition of Labour and Plaid Cymru.

Health minister, Edwina Hart, said: "The creation of the institute not only demonstrates the importance we place on social care and medical research and its crucial benefit to the health and education sectors, but also to our economy and the competitiveness of Wales - more important than ever in the current climate."

A key aim of this "virtual institute" is to prevent, detect and treat chronic diseases and to help convert research findings into better services.

Finance minister, Andrew Davies, commented: "I am passionate about innovation in our public services. Finding new ways to tackle old problems, whether it is a new treatment or a new model of service provision, will be crucial if we are going to improve the quality of life for citizens in Wales."

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