Archive for October, 2008

Reading between the lines of NHS complaints in Wales

Thursday, October 30th, 2008

The latest figures from the WAG show NHS complaints have increased by 11% over the last year. Here’s Chairman of BMA Welsh Council, Dr Andrew Dearden’s take on the figures… “While the number of complaints received has increased we need to see this increase in the context of the total number of patient contacts with [...]

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BMA Cymru Wales’ new chair of Welsh Council talks about his plans for the council

Thursday, October 30th, 2008

Dr Andrew Dearden, a Cardiff GP, talks to BMA Cymru Wales about taking over as chair of the newly reformed Welsh Council and what he hopes to achieve during his time in charge. Share:

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We must stop cut price drink offers

Wednesday, October 29th, 2008

I couldn’t quite believe my eyes when reading this article.£5 for 5 hours worth of alcohol I think is a ridiculous price and can only serve to encourage binge drinking. The majority of us would be able to fit in an incredible amount of drink in that time, much more than £5 worth I’m sure. [...]

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Organ donor public debates test opinion on presumed consent

Wednesday, October 29th, 2008

My Policy and Public Affairs Officers attended one of the many Welsh Assembly Government public debates this week, examining the question of ‘presumed consent’ for organ donation. The BMA has long-argued the need for a fundamental shake-up in the way organs are donated. We have some 500 people in Wales waiting for a donation. What [...]

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Rhodri backs BMA Cymru’s calls for the NHS to continue for the next 60 years and beyond

Friday, October 24th, 2008

I had the pleasure of presenting a giant birthday card to the First Minister this afternoon, as the 60th anniversary of the NHS draws to a close. The card was signed by politicians from all parties and patients across Wales, showing the depth of support for the NHS to continue as it is, free, at [...]

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It’s right we have a PUBLIC debate about presumed consent for organ donation

Friday, October 24th, 2008

I very much welcome the announcement from the Health Minister about a series of public meetings on presumed consent for organ donation. BMA Cymru Wales has always consistently called for an open and honest public debate on the issues surrounding presumed consent for organ donation. And, just as we have always argued for a shake-up [...]

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Spotlight on domestic abuse

Monday, October 20th, 2008

We fully support AM Nerys Evans’ attempts to get the issue of domestic abuse, still very much a hidden problem, on everyone’s radar. Launching a blog for victims to write about their experiences, will hopefully stop it from being so “hidden”. BMA Cymru Wales also backs Nerys’ calls for the WAG to fund an awareness-raising [...]

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Reflecting on Welsh Council’s past achievements

Friday, October 17th, 2008

In this video, former Chair of Welsh Council Dr Tony Calland, talks about what he feels has been achieved in his time in charge. And in this video Dr Calland looks to the future for Welsh Council and tells BMA Cymru Wales what he thinks are the major challenges that lie ahead. Share:

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Are BMA’s worst fears becoming a reality?

Thursday, October 16th, 2008

The ink is yet to dry on the Health Minister’s announcement on the second stage consultation concerning the reorganisation of our NHS. Yet already there are jungle drums raising concerns about a potential “take over” of primary care and community care, and done deals. BMA Cymru Wales, in its response to the first stage of [...]

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National Healthy living week

Tuesday, October 14th, 2008

BMA Cymru Wales is teaming-up with other leading health organisations in Wales as part of this year’s Health Living Week. Encouraging people to adopt healthier lifestyles remains a massive challenge. The BMA Cymru Wales public affairs team – John Jenkins, Hayley Mellors and Chris Jones will be manning our stand at an event to be [...]

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Health under Welsh Lib Dems’ spotlight

Tuesday, October 14th, 2008

BMA Cymru Wales attends all of the main political parties conferences. My Senior Public Affairs Officer, John Jenkins, spent last weekend at the Welsh Liberal Democrat conference in Swansea. It’s nice to see that their new consultation document on health covers many of the areas that we have actively campaigned on. BMA Cymru Wales will [...]

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Palliative care strategy launched

Tuesday, October 14th, 2008

A major new report into palliative care services in Wales, has been published. If the Welsh Assembly Government supports the key recommedations, services will be required to be consultant-led, with support from multi-disciplinary teams including specialist palliative care nurses and other health professionals. Improved standards of out-of-hours care will also have to be met and [...]

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