Archive for July, 2010

The National Eisteddfod of Wales

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

It’s that time of year again, and for the second time, BMA Cymru Wales will be present at the Eisteddfod. It really is an excellent opportunity for BMA Cymru Wales and its staff to meet with the general public, as well as doctors from across Wales. This year we are at stall number 552-553 so [...]

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Rape victims are being let down by a shortage of fully trained medical experts

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

BMA Cymru are becoming increasingly concerned about the patchy provision of fully trained sexual offence examiners across the UK which contributes to a reduction in rape conviction rates. We know that conviction rates for rape in this country are pitifully low. Around 120,000 rapes take place each year in England and Wales and yet last [...]

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Licensing laws under review

Friday, July 23rd, 2010

BMA Cymru Wales welcome the news that Home Secretary Theresa May is planning to look again at licensing laws and the impact of 24 hour drinking. (Read more here) We have remained deeply concerned for some time at the gravity of public health problems caused by alcohol and at the failure of the government’s strategy. [...]

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Speech by the Chair of Medical Ethics Committee, Dr Tony Calland, to ARM 2010

Thursday, July 22nd, 2010

The Medical Ethics Committee (MEC) has had a busy year debating a diverse range of topics, for example: • The use of incentives to encourage healthy lifestyle choices. • The regulation of direct to consumer genetic tests which are now becoming available. • Whether to notify individuals who have, or may have, been exposed to vCJD. • The payment [...]

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UK Government’s direction of travel on health policy

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

At a special session of the BMA’s Annual Representatives Meeting (ARM) at the end of June, the Secretary of State, Andrew Lansley, gave an indication of the Government’s direction of travel on health policy. He reiterated his five priorities for reform:

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Health effects of working unsocial hours and shift work

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

Doctors are increasingly being asked to work variable shift patterns. The resultant increase in the number of unsocial hours they are working and the frequent changes in working patterns have led to concerns as to the impact of this pattern of working on their health. A briefing paper from the BMA Board of Science has [...]

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GPC Wales monthly newsletter

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

GPC Wales have created a new monthly newsletter to keep you up-to-date on current issues being discussed and negotiated in Wales.

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Welcome to our new look blog

Wednesday, July 7th, 2010

Welcome! After a year or so of blogging on my own, I’ve decided to bring in a team of BMA bloggers to add a new dimension to our site. Whilst I will remain the main blogger, our Welsh Council Chair as well as our Branch of Practice Chairs and others, will start to get involved [...]

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