Archive for November, 2009

Less talk, more action!

Friday, November 27th, 2009

First Minister Rhodri Morgan, has voiced his fears for a “toxic generation” of children who play computer games and eat junk food. I share his concerns, and fear that we are in danger of raising a generation of children burdened with long term chronic health conditions. Soaring rates in obesity have lead to an increase [...]

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Option 7 campaign extended

Thursday, November 26th, 2009

BMA Cymru Wales has decided to extend the Option 7 campaign which is aimed at improving the lives of junior doctors in Wales. We have taken this decision due to the increasingly alarming picture which has emerged since we launched the campaign in July this year. Junior doctors have been afraid to voice concerns for [...]

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The postcode lottery strikes again

Tuesday, November 24th, 2009

The Healthcare Inspectorate Wales, the Wales Audit Office, Estyn, and the Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales have today published a worrying report on the state of Mental Health services for children and young people in Wales. This is the first time that all four bodies have come together for a service review, which highlights [...]

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Minimum price demand on alcohol –in the news again

Monday, November 23rd, 2009

I’m pleased to hear that Social Justice and Local Government Minister Dr Brian Gibbons is in discussions with the Scottish Government regarding their plans to introduce legislation on the minimum pricing of alcohol, and has called for action in Wales saying we should follow Scotland’s example. Although we do not have the powers in Wales [...]

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A clearing in the fog?

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009

The devolution settlement in Wales has often been referred to as a ”fog” , but today, the All Wales Convention has reported that the Assembly in Wales should be given full law making powers through a referendum, so there could be a clearing ahead. The Convention, established by the Welsh Assembly Government, also said that [...]

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WELCOMED: Proposals to Close Sunbed Regulation Loop-hole

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

Today the National Assembly’s Health Committee publishes its report looking into the use and [serious lack of] regulation of the sunbed industry in Wales. A clear message to discourage the use of sunbeds was sent out earlier this year following the success of our campaign to get local authorities in Wales to remove the sunbeds [...]

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HIV Related Discrimination by Healthcare Professionals

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009

I’ve just got back from the Assembly, where Dr Tony Calland and I gave evidence to the Equality of Opportunity Committee on discrimination against people living with HIV by healthcare professionals. This by its very nature is a difficult issue. But it’s compounded by the fact that there is no real evidence base in Wales [...]

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