Chief medical officer: Wales' health quality 'in right direction'

Wales is doing as well as, and in some areas better than, other UK nations in a range of health quality indicators.

Figures directly comparing the NHS in the four UK nations have been released for the first time.

Stroke mortality rates and asthma hospital admissions are particularly encouraging for Wales.

Health Secretary Vaughan Gething said it helped to "know where we can do better for the people of Wales".

The comparable figures have been put together at the recommendation of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) following a review of how health services were performing a year ago.

Dr Frank Atherton, chief medical officer, told BBC Wales political correspondent Daniel Davies it was broadly good news.

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