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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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Asking about clots to save more lives

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

You would expect me, as an obstetrician, to be obsessed with the risk of venous thromboembolism in pregnancy – relatively rare but obviously potentially very dangerous. I am very proud of the 1000 Lives Improvement maternity work clinical teams in Wales have done over the last three years, because this has supported a ‘bottom up’ [...]

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New Welsh Government arrangements for identifying and responding to serious concerns

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

BMA Cymru Wales welcomes the new arrangements for identifying and responding quickly to serious concerns about NHS organisations in Wales. It is important that patients and health professionals are assured that when the health service shows signs of serious concerns, that these concerns are dealt with robustly and quickly to reassure staff who work in [...]

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“Don’t bring in Keogh, bring in Holmes” Take Sherlock’s prescription

Friday, March 14th, 2014

There are, they say, “lies, damn lies and statistics”. The cross-border debate over hospital mortality rates, with the demand for a ‘Keogh-style’ inquiry into Welsh hospital mortality rates, is an obvious example where the same figures can be used to reach opposite conclusions. How? We all would prefer life to be black and white, clear [...]

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BMA Cymru Wales comments on the Written Statement by the Welsh Government on the NHS Pay Review Body and the Doctors and Dentists Review Body reports 2014-15

Friday, March 14th, 2014

Chair of the Welsh Consultants committee, Dr Sharon Blackford said: “The position regarding employed doctors’ salaries in Wales is unclear – indeed, the Welsh Government seems to have merely taken the English position and muddied the water further. “Our reading of the situation is that the government have finally admitted that the NHS in Wales [...]

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The risk of nappy sacks to children

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

Guest blog by Karen McFarlane, Children in Wales Babies and young children can easily choke or suffocate on the plastic bags used for nappy disposal, and parents need more information on keeping their children safe. This is the subject of a new campaign launched by Children in Wales, Public Health Wales and the British Medical [...]

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The Annual Report to the Conference of Local Medical Committees by Dr Charlotte Jones, Chair of GPC Wales

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

1 minute silence for Donna Dear Conference, Before I start my annual report I would like conference to have a minute’s silence in memory of Mrs Donna Martin – for those of you who never knew Donna, she was our committee secretariat for many years but sadly developed pancreatic cancer and passed away last year.  [...]

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What the Welsh cancer patient experience survey means for GPs

Monday, January 27th, 2014

Guest blog by Susan Morris, General Manager for Wales, Macmillan. Doctors are providing a supportive and sympathetic service to cancer patients in Wales, with nearly three-quarters of patients being referred to hospital within two visits to their general practitioner, according to the first Welsh cancer patient experience survey. The survey, published today, was produced and [...]

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Doctors and Mental Health Survey

Monday, January 27th, 2014

Guest blog from Dr Debbie Cohen OBE You may have already read this blog post. Re-posting as a reminder to participate, as well as to inform you that the deadline for responses has been extended until March. The Centre for Psychosocial Research, Occupational and Physician Health at Cardiff University has launched a new survey to understand doctors’ [...]

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Thousands of sick days taken by NHS staff due to stress related illnesses

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

A freedom of information request by the Western Mail has revealed the number of sickness days taken by NHS employees due to stress related illnesses over the past three years. The escalating rise in the number of sickness days taken come as no surprise to BMA Cymru Wales given the high level of demand placed [...]

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Crisis looming for the NHS in Wales in 2014

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

I am writing this blog because we must stimulate a public, professional and managerial debate on the future of the NHS and junior doctor training in Wales – the foundations on which the NHS stands are being weakened even as I write. I apologise in advance, for what is necessarily a long blog, as I [...]

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