Archive for June, 2009

ARM – day two – Chair of Welsh Council addresses conference

Tuesday, June 30th, 2009

Dr Andrew Dearden, Chair of Welsh Council has opened day two of the ARM, in Liverpool. In his address, Dr Dearden has just delivered an update of BMA Cymru Wales’ work over the last year, outlining the new-look Welsh NHS. He views the last twelve months as a success for the BMA in Wales, in [...]

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Kicking off the ARM with a call to "Look after our NHS"

Monday, June 29th, 2009

Day one of this year’s ARM in Liverpool began with BMA UK Chairman Dr Hamish Meldrum’s key address to delegates. The hall’s packed with around 500 doctors from all over the UK. In his speech Dr Meldrum called on the Westminster Government to “end this ludicrous, divisive and expensive experiment of the market in healthcare [...]

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How BMA membership can get Junior Doctors discounted access to exam revision tools

Thursday, June 25th, 2009

Following on from my post about the ARM next week, there will of course be many initiatives being announced there, but I thought I’d give junior doctors and medical students in Wales a heads up on one. BMA and OnExamination are going to be providing members with a 33% discount off OnExamination’s Junior Doctor exam [...]

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Leave our free prescriptions alone!

Wednesday, June 17th, 2009

Once again, I feel the need to defend the Welsh Assembly Government’s policy on free prescriptions, something BMA Cymru Wales fought long and hard to have introduced on the Welsh NHS. The Welsh Conservatives say, if they were to gain power in the Assembly, they would scrap them, bringing in charges for those who can [...]

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Will Government finally act on regulating the sunbed industry?

Wednesday, June 17th, 2009

More support today for the BMA’s calls to get the tanning industry better regulated. The independent government advisory committee Comare (Committee on Medical Aspects of Radiation in the Environment) says the current system, where the industry is self-regulated, is inadequate on public health grounds. The committee’s making several recommendations to Government, many of which we’ve [...]

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BMA guide to Welsh Hospitals for Foundation Year one Doctors 2009 – your help is needed

Tuesday, June 16th, 2009

BMA Cymru Wales has been producing a guide to Welsh Hospitals for F1 Doctors for several now years. It provides information about life as a F1 doctor working in Wales and is really well valued by final year students making decision about their future employment. The guide also gives the BMA vital information about living [...]

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Welsh GP leader’s LMC speech – a new NHS Wales fit for patients, not managers

Thursday, June 11th, 2009

This year’s UK Conference of Local Medical Committees is currently underway at BMA House. Dr David Bailey, Chair of GPC Wales has just delivered his speech to delegates, detailing the forthcoming priorities for the newly reformed NHS Wales. Here are some of the key points from the speech… Dr Bailey’s outlined how a reorganised NHS [...]

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EWTD deadline looms closer but NHS Wales seems no closer to being ready for it

Wednesday, June 10th, 2009

No surprises in this story from the Western Mail, yet another looking at the WAG’s (un)readiness for the implementation of the European Working Time Directive this Summer. For a quick recap on EWTD, the position is that come August, junior doctors should not be working more than 48 hours a week. The surprise here actually [...]

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End to free prescription anomaly

Wednesday, June 10th, 2009

Congratulations to the Welsh Health Minister on ending this discrepancy in the WAG’s free prescriptions policy. Despite patients in Wales being exempt from paying £7.20 for their prescriptions for the past two years, anyone picking one up at a hospital in England still has to pay. This of course unfairly penalises those who have no [...]

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Government targets interfere with the battle against superbugs

Tuesday, June 9th, 2009

I want to highlight here a new report by the BMA which focuses on the war on healthcare associated infections (HCAIs), or as they are perhaps more well known – ‘superbugs’. The report illustrates very well how we’ll never win this battle, unless long-term strategies are introduced. Short term solutions like alcohol gel, dress code [...]

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BMA Cymru Wales at the Urdd Eisteddfod – unearthing future medical talent

Friday, June 5th, 2009

I couldn’t really let the opportunity pass without making mention of BMA Cymru Wales being at the recent Urdd Eisteddfod, held in Cardiff Bay. As part of our work looking to the future workforce of the NHS in Wales, we had a stand at the Urdd, where youngsters could get advice and information on pursuing [...]

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Junior doctor worries are a worry for us all

Friday, June 5th, 2009

I think we are all aware that there a significant number of junior doctor vacancies in Wales. BMA Cymru Wales has been working with the Deanery in Wales to try and improve this situation and attract junior doctors to come and live and work here. The effect of vacancies will be exacerbated in August with [...]

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