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Hospital Consultants express concerns about the viability of the service

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

By Dr Sharon Blackford Hospital consultants across Wales have contacted BMA Cymru Wales to express their concerns about the viability of the service. Their issues ranged from: recruitment concerns: these are either general to Wales, or specific to their own specialty/department; retention of doctors: this will either mean a general exodus from Wales or their [...]

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First days as a Doctor

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

Most doctors face their first day with an equal measure of fear and excitement. To be welcomed to the Profession is still something to be immensely proud of. When old codgers like to bemoan that ‘house plants’ (a colloquialism for F1s in ‘the old days’) aren’t what they used to be, they are right – [...]

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GP accommodation – minimum standards

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

by Sarah Moore I am about to graduate from Cardiff Medical School; I have very much enjoyed my time on the Welsh Medical Students Committee. It has been an interesting year, the highlight being when I represented the WMSC at the National Medical Student’s conference in London, in April. I presented a motion which highlighted [...]

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Listening to staff and patients

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

We are, perhaps, used to politicians saying one thing and doing another subsequently.  We all have our own favourite examples of this, such as the UK Coalition Government stating that there will be no ‘top down reorganisation (privatisation) of the English NHS’, while Sir David Nicholson, its Chief Executive at the time, declared that the [...]

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A final word from this Welsh Council

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

As we finish the term of this current Welsh Council, we find that there is much unfinished work and that the future of the NHS in Wales remains uncertain.  Of course, this is why many of us are standing for election again, and why we have been encouraging others to stand for the first time.  [...]

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Preparing for work seminar

Thursday, June 5th, 2014

Maimoona Ali, member of the Welsh Medical Students Committee and Cardiff 5th year student blogs about her recent involvement in organising a BMA seminar on preparing for work. Matt and Nia (BMA Cymru Wales Employment Advisers) discussed the Preparing for Work seminar at the last Welsh Medical Students Committee (WMSC) meeting, which was a week [...]

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A Reflection on volunteering

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

By Ben Masterman Volunteering with disabled and disadvantaged children may not seem like a selfish activity, but when I consider what I’ve gained from it, it’s hard to believe that I’ve put an equal amount into it. My CV now has a measurable amount of experience in leadership, teamwork, teaching and in working with children [...]

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BMA Welsh Council elections and you!

Friday, May 16th, 2014

The BMA exists for the benefit of its members.  For many, it might not always feel like that, but the relatively small size of the BMA presence in Wales gives greater opportunity for cohesion. As ‘health’ is a devolved power, the BMA in Wales has more direct access to Government, politicians and senior civil servants.  [...]

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Coming soon … Welsh Council Elections

Friday, May 2nd, 2014

Keen to influence and debate the key issues facing the medical profession in Wales today? Then why not think about standing for election to Welsh Council? Elections for the next session 2014-2017 of the Welsh Council of the BMA will begin in mid May. Welsh Council is the cross-branch of practice committee in Wales which [...]

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General Practice is stretched to breaking point

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

by Dr Charlotte Jones, Chair, GPC Wales Looking around me at the enormous challenges facing GPs across the UK with respect to the workforce, rising demand and ever lowering morale, it has made me reflect on some correspondence we have had from GP practices across Wales. As we all know, practices across Wales are experiencing [...]

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Macmillan Wales offers new free course to practice nurses

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

Guest blog by Dawn Casey, Senior Learning and Development Manager for Macmillan Cancer Support in Wales Macmillan Wales is offering a free new course to practice nurses to support them to learn more about cancer patients’ needs and how to meet them. We ran our first practice nurse education course last year in Brecon and [...]

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Getting it wrong

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

We must make more effort to define and address the unintended consequences of decisions on our health services. A recent tweet about trying to ban mobile phone roaming charges in Europe, reminded me of one of my (many) times I ‘got it wrong again’. Quite a few years ago, I lectured in Moscow as part [...]

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