Archive for November, 2008

Health inequalities in Wales are widening

Thursday, November 27th, 2008

Wales’ Chief Medical Officer’s annual report contains some very positive plus points, not least the fact that people here are living longer and that deaths from heart disease and strokes are continuing to fall. A main reason for this is undoubtedly the investment in general practice, starting to bear fruit. With GPs focusing on cardio-vascular [...]

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Study highlights the need for greater awareness surrounding obesity

Wednesday, November 26th, 2008

Nearly three quarters of Welsh children don’t realise a eating mainly junk food, could lead to potentially fatal conditions like diabetes and heart disease. This is the startling finding of study by the British Heart Foundation. Apparently, children think the worst health effects of eating junk food are merely putting on weight and rotten teeth. [...]

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Strong action, not just words is needed to tackle violence in the NHS

Wednesday, November 26th, 2008

Strong action, not just words is needed to tackle violence in the NHSI’m glad to see violence against NHS staff is on the agenda for discussion in the Assemby today. However, I would rather it wasn’t even a problem that needed discussing in the first place. I find it quite incredible that anyone would want [...]

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Overhaul of the sick note system is long overdue in Wales

Tuesday, November 25th, 2008

The package of measures announced today to get people in England back to work and to help them stay in work, looks like being a step in the right direction. Perhaps it’s something Wales should consider adopting. The BMA has been calling for the sick note system to be reviewed for many years and we [...]

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Hidden and human cost of the credit crunch

Tuesday, November 25th, 2008

A top Welsh police chief says there could be more victims of domestic abuse, as the credit crunch takes hold. If that’s the case it’s a sad, and very disturbing consequence of economic hardship. Gwent Police chief constable Mick Giannasi says there is evidence of more tensions behind closed doors, as families worry about money. [...]

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View the YouTube video detailing our success over junior doctors accommodation in Wales

Monday, November 24th, 2008

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Barriers in hospital car parks inevitable consequence of abuse of system

Monday, November 24th, 2008

So, Swansea’s Singleton hospital has finally had to bite the bullet and invest in car park barriers to stop people who aren’t actually going to the hospital, from parking their cars there. Since free parking at Welsh hospitals was introduced earlier this year, it’s been noted in the press, just how many people are taking [...]

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Lower alcohol limit needed to reduce deaths on our roads

Thursday, November 20th, 2008

The Road Safety Compliance consultation has just been released and I have to say there are several sensible ideas in it, which, if adopted, could really help improve road safety. It’s also good to see that the Government intends to investigate the impact of drugs on driving, as well as starting a major awareness campaign [...]

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Let’s ALL pledge to call time on binge drinking

Thursday, November 20th, 2008

It’s great to see Welsh police forces and Church leaders in Wales coming together for the first time, to try and tackle perhaps the biggest social problem at the moment – binge drinking. Police chiefs and the Archbishop of Wales want us to start carrying cards or sign up online, to pledge to cut down [...]

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Welsh Junior Doctors Committee video

Wednesday, November 19th, 2008

Watch the Vice Chair of the BMA’s Welsh Junior Doctors Committee talking about the reformation of the committee and what issues it’s working on, for doctors in Wales. Share:

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Time to support some of Wales’ most vulnerable people

Monday, November 17th, 2008

It’s time to address what seem to be completely inadequate mental health facilities for young offenders in Wales. Bridgend MP Madeline Moon has highlighted the issue. The lack of provision for some of society’s most vulnerable young men is so bad, they have to travel to England to get appropriate help. One of the reasons [...]

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Wales now needs to go it alone on presumed consent organ donation

Monday, November 17th, 2008

I’m really saddened to read the UK Organ Donation Taskforce’s report on presumed consent for organ donation. It also gives me a bit of a sense of deja vu, it not being so long ago since the Assembly’s Health, Wellbeing and Local Government Committee rejected the idea too. If you’re a regular reader of this [...]

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