Archive for February, 2009

Ordeal finally ends for paediatric neurosurgeon

Thursday, February 26th, 2009

I am delighted to finally be able to tell you that Tim Buxton has won his high court action against Abertawe Bro Morgannwg NHS Trust. It has been ordered to follow the correct Trust procedures until the outcome of a properly conducted professional disciplinary panel chaired by Mr Andrew Stafford QC is known, and to [...]

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Clear link between increased rates of diabetes and obesity

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

A new report into increased rates of diabetes illustrates a clear link between type 2diabetes and obesity. The rate at which the condition has gone up is really quite staggering, 74% over a six year period. As well as the link between more people being over-weight and more people being diagnosed with the condition, another [...]

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Misconceptions remain about organ donation

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

The new NHS Blood and Transplant website survey points to a growing culture of support for organ donation, but it also shows how much work is STILL needed in reassuring donors about the whole transplantation process. In our evidence to the Welsh Assembly Government committee set up to consider presumed consent, particular emphasis was placed [...]

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Chance for Public Health doctors in Wales to get their voice heard

Monday, February 23rd, 2009

Just to make you aware that BMA Cymru Wales’ Welsh Committee for Public Health Medicine and Community Health will be opening its doors again for an open meeting on Tuesday the 21st April, 2009. This meeting is a great way for Public Health and Community Health doctors in Wales to gain a better understanding of [...]

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Kirsty’s case highlights the need for better regulation of tanning salons

Friday, February 20th, 2009

Another example in the media this week of where the hope of a golden glow’s turned into red raw skin and hospitalisation. Kirsty’s case provides a harsh and unfortunate lesson and sends a clear message that politicians need to take action to regulate the sun bed industry in Wales and across the UK. BMA Cymru [...]

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Violence and aggression against Welsh NHS workers is still proving to be a big problem

Wednesday, February 18th, 2009

The BMA welcomes this update on progress with regard to the work of the Ministerial task force on violence and aggression and while much has been achieved, there is still a great deal to be done. It remains unacceptable that doctors and other healthcare workers are exposed to violence and aggression in the workplace on [...]

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How do you decide who’s “worthy” of an organ transplant?

Monday, February 16th, 2009

The recent media coverage surrounding transplants being given to people with alcohol-related liver damage raises some interesting questions over the issue of organ donation and who should and shouldn’t be “entitled” to a liver transplant. It’s also an issue that probably deserves more attention and a fuller debate than a few column inches in the [...]

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Hoping the sweet chariot comes off its wheels tomorrow

Friday, February 13th, 2009

Ahead of a key game for Wales in the Six Nations, as Warren Gatland’s men prepare to take on England, I just want to wish our team all the best, hopefully replicating last week’s success against Scotland in our own back yard, the Millennium Stadium. It seems at the moment that there isn’t much to [...]

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CALL for help about the economic downturn

Friday, February 13th, 2009

Good to see the Welsh Assembly Government recognising the impact the credit crunch could potentially be having on our health and well-being. I‘ve heard from some members who’re seeing more cases of patients coming to them about anxiety and stress issues, with money worries being at the forefront of most people’s minds. The WAG has [...]

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Tenovous Cancer bus providing a much needed service

Wednesday, February 11th, 2009

Tenovous’ mobile cancer unit or cancer ‘bus’ as it’s now becoming known, is, I think, a great idea and a really practical way of trying to help cancer sufferers. By taking support and advice out on the road, it should go along way towards helping the charity reach people who may not know about, or [...]

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Your chance to find out more about the workings of the BMA Welsh Council

Monday, February 9th, 2009

We’re inviting BMA members to come along to future Welsh council meetings, to get a flavour for the committee’s work. The council is setting up a visitors’ scheme to give members more of an idea of how issues are debated and hopefully, to try and get more doctors involved in medico-political activities. Dates for the [...]

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Time’s running out for Staff-grade Doctors who want to apply for Re-grading to Associate Specialist

Monday, February 9th, 2009

The Welsh Staff and Associate Specialists Committee would like to remind doctors that the window of opportunity for re-grading to associate specialist level closes on the 31st March, 2009. Raj Nirula, Chair of the Welsh Staff and Associate Specialists Committee, says “The benefits to Trusts of regrading are numerous and far outweigh the small cost [...]

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