Posts Tagged ‘GPs’

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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The GP electronic testing tool

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

By Dr Bridget Gwynne, Macmillan GP Adviser in South Wales   Macmillan Cancer Support in Wales is working with 21 Welsh GP practices to test new technology to support GPs to diagnose five cancer types earlier. Practices across Wales are testing an electronic tool to support them to diagnose bowel, lung, oesophageal /upper gastrointestinal, ovarian [...]

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Dr David Bailey’s annual report to the Welsh Conference of Representatives of Local Medical Committees 2013

Monday, March 4th, 2013

This is my last annual report to Welsh Conference and it may be a cliché but it’s been an interesting year. I started my time as chairman with an imposition and very nearly ended the same way but happily some sanity prevailed in Wales leading to a negotiated settlement. This settlement is by no means [...]

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GP Access

Wednesday, July 4th, 2012

There has been much talk of late, of the Health Minister’s pledge to improve access to GPs. We have repeatedly warned the Welsh Government that there is little appetite among the GP workforce to work longer hours for free. We are supportive of there being late, bookable appointments up to 6:20pm – beyond people’s nine-to-five [...]

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North Wales Out of Hours Service

Tuesday, August 9th, 2011

You may have seen this story in the Daily Post yesterday. It documents the astonishing set up for the out of hours service in North Wales at present. Since Betsi Cadwaladr Health Board took over the service, there have been problems finding GPs to cover shifts in Wrexham and Flintshire, as well as times where there [...]

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Devolution’s health firewall protects Wales from costly reorganisation

Monday, February 21st, 2011

With the referendum on the National Assembly’s law making powers being held next week, we have been considering what a yes vote would mean for health policy in Wales. We have asked a range of individuals to guest blog for us on the matter. Their views are their own, and I will reflect on the [...]

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Diabetes in Wales on the rise

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

Figures released by Diabetes UK Cymru have revealed that the number of people diagnosed with diabetes in Wales has risen by 7,000 in the past year. This is an astonishing figure. Through the Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF), a process is in place which means patients in the very early stages of diseases are actively [...]

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GPC Wales News

Thursday, October 14th, 2010

Read the latest GPC Wales newsletter for an update on: PE7 Appeals Enhanced Services Spend Access 8-8 End of Life Care Individual Health Record Optometry Read the newsletter here Share:

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The Welsh Eye Care Initiative

Thursday, October 14th, 2010

Optometry Wales Chief Operating Officer Sali Davis writes about the Welsh Eye Care initiative:   Richard Lewis blogged last week about the recently published 4th annual report from the CMO.  The rhetoric in the report points to the need to look at what we do and how we do it and to make sure that [...]

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Sort it in one call

Wednesday, August 18th, 2010

We are asking all GP practices across the country to ‘sort it in one call’. The chairman of our GP Committee (GPC Wales) Dr David Bailey (pictured) has written to every practice asking them to resolve the appointment system which is causing widescale problems to both doctors and patients.   One of the principal complaints from both [...]

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1,000 Lives Campaign

Monday, April 19th, 2010

This week, the 1,000 Lives Campaign which was designed to improve patient saftey in the NHS in Wales comes to an end. Here is an article which I wrote for the Western Mail about the campaign. Patient safety is the highest priority for anyone working on the frontline in NHS Wales and it’s making a [...]

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