Written statement by Vaughan Gething, Cabinet Secretary for Health, Well-being and Sport
New genetic and genomic technologies are allowing us to develop a much more detailed understanding of the link between our genes and health. In recent years there has been international recognition that these technologies have the potential to revolutionise medicine and public health.
In March last year, the Welsh Government published a Statement of Intent for Genomics and Precision Medicine, which set out the case for the development of a wider Strategy to capture the health and economic benefits of genomics for Wales.
Today, I am pleased to announce a new Genomics for Precision Medicine Strategy, built on the principles outlined in the Statement of Intent and supported by £6.8m funding.
The Genomics for Precision Medicine Strategy has been developed by a Welsh Government-led genomics taskforce, working in a co-productive manner with the key stakeholders from academia, industry, the third sector, the NHS and the public. A series of workshops and meetings across Wales have played a critical role in informing and underpinning the development of the Strategy.
The Strategy outlines the key initial actions, as part of a 5-10 year plan, that will:
By outlining the initial steps necessary to develop a genomics for precision medicine infrastructure, the Strategy lays the foundations for the routine application of genomic technologies to support precision medicine approaches in Wales. In doing this, it enables patients and the public of Wales to benefit from better healthcare and underpins a bright future for the application of cutting-edge genomic technologies in NHS Wales.