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National Eye Health Week

Monday, September 22nd, 2014

The fifth National Eye Health Week will take place 22-28 September 2014. Once again, eye care charities, organisations and health professionals from across the UK are joining together to promote the importance of eye health and the need for regular sight tests for all. Alexandra McMillan from RNIB Cymru explains more: There are currently nearly [...]

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Reflections on life as a working parent, by a GP in Cardiff

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

Even whilst writing this I am wracked by that emotion all too familiar to a working parent – guilt.  Guilt for leaving this to the last minute, guilt for spending a Friday evening doing work and not doing appraisal stuff! It feels like a perpetual cycle in a no-win situation where one’s own ambitions, society’s [...]

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Listening to doctors

Friday, September 12th, 2014

This autumn sees some changes to Welsh Council, with some fresh members (directly elected like myself) by BMA members in Wales. The welsh ex-officio members (the Chairs of the branches of practice) come and go according to their office, but this overlap of offices also helps to build some continuity and stability. We will continue [...]

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World Suicide Prevention Day #WSPD14

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

On World Suicide Prevention Day I thought it would be appropriate to remind members of our counselling and doctor advisor service. The very nature of our profession means that we find ourselves constantly caring for others and all too often we can forget to take care of ourselves. But just like the rest of the [...]

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What inspired me to study medicine?

Monday, September 8th, 2014

By Holly Kirk What inspired me to study medicine? … Million dollar question. Easier to answer if tailored to the audience. If asked by a family member, a generic answer is far more acceptable; rewarding, challenging and a good lifestyle. If asked at an interview, you’ll spend hours trying to find a unique and wonderful [...]

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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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