The Welsh health service’s national advisory board will hold its first meeting later this month - with the public allowed to attend.

Health minister Edwina Hart’s board will meet on 29 June with an agenda and board papers published in advance.

The creation of the board is one of several significant reforms to the country’s health service announced during the past year.

It will “provide independent advice to the health minister to help inform her decisions on setting priorities for the NHS”, according to a statement.

Ms Hart said: “By holding the national advisory board meetings in public, wherever possible, and publishing papers and decisions, people will have a greater understanding for the decision making process, which I believe will give them more confidence in the NHS.

“I hope to hold these meetings at least every three months and intend to hold them in different parts of Wales to make it easier for people in all parts of Wales to attend.”

The creation of the board was criticised by Welsh Conservatives and Liberal Democrats for politicising NHS management, but Ms Hart said it was right for politicians to take responsibility for decisions.

The board is chaired by Ms Hart and its members are: deputy minister for social services Gwenda Thomas; NHS Wales chief executive Paul Williams; chief medical officer Tony Jewell; director of social services Graham Williams; leader of armarthenshire county council Meryl Gravell, Royal College of Nursing Wales director Tina Donnelly; Children in Wales chief executive Catriona Williams; former North Wales Health Authority chair Enid Rowlands; and former chief executive of Rhondda Cynon Taff and Merthyr Tydfil teaching local health boards Mel Evans.