Posts Tagged ‘BMA Cymru Wales’

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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Add your signature to reopen pension negotiations

Friday, February 10th, 2012

Chair of the BMA Pensions Committee, Dr Alan Robertson has created an e-petition urging the Department of Health and the devolved governments to reopen meaningful negotiations with health unions to discuss NHS pensions. A fair and amicable settlement on the future of the scheme is only achievable if politicians are willing to discuss the reforms [...]

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We are here to help!

Thursday, August 11th, 2011

The transition from medical student to junior doctor is both an exciting and apprehensive time. As your trade union, the BMA is here to offer you advice and support, to help you through this stage of your career. Here are some areas where the BMA can help: Check your contract Before starting work, you should [...]

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BMA continues to support presumed consent

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

Organ donation was a hot topic last week at our annual conference. Following a heated debate, delegates voted to continue to support a “soft” presumed consent policy for organ donation. We are pleased that the First Minister has said the Welsh Government will go ahead with plans for a bill to create an opt-out organ [...]

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Chairman of Welsh Council, Dr Andrew Dearden’s speech to the 2011 ARM

Monday, July 4th, 2011

Good morning Chairman and RB It is my pleasure to present my third [but regrettably final] report as Chairman of Welsh Council and to inform you of a very successful 12 months in Wales, both as a professional association and as a trade union. During my tenure as Chairman I have been incredibly impressed with [...]

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Being a Cardiology Trainee at a Tertiary Teaching Hospital

Thursday, June 16th, 2011

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be a cardiology trainee? Well read on, as Dr Dai Samuel shares his experience at University Hospital Wales. Seeing the words Cardiology, University Hospital Wales and Core Medical Training in the same sentence is both exciting and frightening in equal measures. The prospect of being a junior on [...]

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The new Tobacco Control Action Plan for Wales

Wednesday, June 1st, 2011

In the current economic climate it is essential that the government spends taxpayers’ money wisely – and on projects that will work. There are significant savings which the Welsh Government must make from the health budget over the next few years, so it is crucial that policies are part of a joined up, cross departmental [...]

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Welsh Integrated Sexual Health Meetings

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

I recently met with Annette Schlaudraff, a Consultant in Integrated Sexual Health in Cardiff and Vale UHB. We had an interesting discussion about her work organising the Welsh Integrated Sexual Health meetings – and Annette has kindly written about this below. The Welsh Integrated Sexual Health Meetings (WISH) started of as a teambuilding exercise at [...]

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Extraordinary People – an Ethiopian experience

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

Lauren Huckerby is a student at Cardiff University. Here, she shares her elective experience with us. I did my elective in a Public Hospital in Ethiopia.  On my first visit to the hospital, I was welcomed with beaming smiles and handshakes from everyone I passed. I soon learned that this is part of Ethiopian culture: to [...]

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Political Candidate Pledge

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

If you are a candidate in the Assembly Elections and want to help improve the quality of patient care, the efficiency of NHS services and the working conditions of the medical workforce in Wales sign up to our pledge: “I pledge that I will campaign to improve the quality of patient care, the efficiency of [...]

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BMA Cymru Wales Health Hustings

Thursday, April 14th, 2011

Last week we held a health hustings – an opportunity for those working in the health sector to quiz candidates ahead of the elections on the 5th May. My thanks to those who attended, and the candidates for taking part – Mark Drakeford, Dai Lloyd, Nick Ramsey and John Dixon. The event was filmed, and [...]

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Emergency surgery patient provision must improve in Wales

Thursday, April 7th, 2011

Today, the Royal College of Surgeons has published new standards for emergency surgery care. The standards, Emergency Surgery: Standards for unscheduled surgical care, provide timely reading for those involved with the planning and delivery of emergency surgical services in Wales. The RCS estimates that the care of emergency surgery patients comprises 40-50 per cent of [...]

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