Archive for December, 2008

2009 resolution to the WAG “Don’t leave doctors out in the cold this New Year”

Wednesday, December 31st, 2008

As Chair of Welsh Council, I, like Richard would like to wish everyone all the best for the New Year. I’d also like to elaborate on Richard’s comments about the challenging times facing doctors in the Welsh NHS, in 2009. As we face another reorganisation of the NHS we could well ask ourselves “what is [...]

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Dedication of doctors in Wales shines through

Tuesday, December 30th, 2008

On the Friday before Christmas, one of my relatives unfortunately had a fall and fractured a wrist. I had to accompany my relative to our local Accident and Emergency Department, at a well-known Trust in Wales. I have to say that the whole experience – while not one I doubt anyone would particularly choose – [...]

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Season’s Greetings

Wednesday, December 24th, 2008

Wishing all our members and your families a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. There will be big challenges for the Welsh NHS and all those who work in it, in 2009, none more so than the plans to restructure the service. We will make sure BMA Cymru Wales plays as full a part [...]

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Selfishness could cost lives

Monday, December 22nd, 2008

With the many stories that are in the Welsh media on an almost daily basis about people waiting hours for an ambulance to turn up, I find it staggering that it’s reported in the Western Mail today that people seem to think it OK to call 999 because their cat had a cut paw. Or, [...]

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New junior doctors DVD – training the best to be the best

Friday, December 19th, 2008

The BMA in Wales hopes a new video, aimed at medical students will help to put Wales on the training map. BMA Cymru’s worked with the Wales Deanery for Postgraduate Medical and Dental Education, to produce this DVD for students, giving an invaluable insight into medical training here. The aim of the video is to [...]

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Don’t bank on ending up in the “drunk tank”

Thursday, December 18th, 2008

I can’t really say the front page of the South Wales Echo today is an idea for Wales to be proud of. Plans for a “drunk tank” for those in Cardiff who’ve had substantially more than “one too many” seems like a necessary evil. On the one hand letting revellers “sleep off” the affects of [...]

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BMA welcomes consultation on the use of 084 numbers in the NHS

Tuesday, December 16th, 2008

The announcement by the Department of Health that it’s to launch a consultation on the use of 084 numbers by GP surgeries should be broadly welcomed. The whole point of using phones to contact a GP, is to make it easier for people to get in touch with surgeries. But it should also be a [...]

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Medical profession is taking the lead on improving NHS standards

Thursday, December 11th, 2008

The medical profession wants to lead the way in continuing to drive up standards of care in the NHS. I’m saying this with regard to today’s Healthcare Commission State of Healthcare 2008 report. The overall picture in this report is of major improvements to standards of care. BMA Cymru Wales applauds the efforts of NHS [...]

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Smoking displays ban doesn’t go far enough

Tuesday, December 9th, 2008

I do very much welcome the move by England’s Health Secretary to ban the open display of tobacco in shops across Wales and England. It should hopefully make smoking less accessible to youngsters. Research shows that point of sale displays does encourage youngsters to take up the deadly habit. I do however also understand that [...]

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New dawn for the Welsh Lib Dems

Monday, December 8th, 2008

So the waiting’s finally over and by now, no doubt most of Wales knows who the new Liberal Democrat leader in the Assembly is. I and the rest of BMA Cymru Wales would just like to offer our congratulations to Kirsty Williams, AM and wish her every success in her new role. Share:

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Some remedies to a lack of beds of in Welsh hospitals

Monday, December 8th, 2008

The recent situation of a lack of beds across hospitals in South East Wales I have to say, was not entirely unexpected. BMA Cymru Wales did warn that a reduction in bed numbers would lead to an in-balance in capacity. We need to stop cutting bed numbers and get back to a situation of sensible [...]

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WAG puts the development of GP practice premises on hold

Monday, December 8th, 2008

I am extremely concerned that the National Assembly Government has put a stop to the development of GP practice premises across Wales, whilst the NHS reorganisation takes place. Recently, they gave an instruction to Local Heath Boards to immediately stop planning for projects in primary care in Wales. This means that patients who have to [...]

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