Posts Tagged ‘WAG’

Welsh Health Survey Published

Thursday, September 16th, 2010

The latest survey results have been published and make for depressing reading.   The survey tells us that 34% of children were estimated to be overweight or obese, including 19% obese. Compare this to last year, where the survey reported 33% of children were estimated to be overweight or obese, including 16% obese, and we [...]

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Surgeons’ overtime bill highlights more deep-rooted problems within the Welsh NHS

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009

The front page of the Western Mail today highlights an issue that has been of concern to BMA Cymru Wales for some time – the need to adequately staff the Welsh NHS. The over-reliance on overtime and private hospitals to try and ensure waiting time targets are met, is merely using a sticking plaster to [...]

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The WAG could be storing up a whole heap of problems over a lack of GPs

Friday, September 11th, 2009

It seems as if nothing has changed yet then in terms of the future of the GP workforce in Wales, or if it has, it’s only a change for the worse. The latest round of “Workforce Statistics for General Practitioners in Wales, 1998 – 2008” just serve to highlight how much of a ticking time [...]

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Schools in Wales have a key part to play in our obesity battle

Friday, September 4th, 2009

This campaign to get schools more involved in improving our health and fitness and in turn, hopefully helping to tackle obesity, really is a great idea. Currently schools in Wales are perhaps something of an on under-used resource, with many closing their doors after 4pm on school days, not to mention being out of bounds [...]

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Health Minister’s decision to extend free accommodation for junior doctors indefinitely is great news

Wednesday, July 8th, 2009

It’s been confirmed this afternoon by the Welsh Assembly Government that all first year doctors training in Wales will now benefit from free hospital accommodation INDEFINITELY. This really is great news. Most junior doctors reading this will no doubt be aware that Health Minister Edwina Hart had previously agreed to extend the provision of free [...]

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ARM – day two – Chair of Welsh Council addresses conference

Tuesday, June 30th, 2009

Dr Andrew Dearden, Chair of Welsh Council has opened day two of the ARM, in Liverpool. In his address, Dr Dearden has just delivered an update of BMA Cymru Wales’ work over the last year, outlining the new-look Welsh NHS. He views the last twelve months as a success for the BMA in Wales, in [...]

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Leave our free prescriptions alone!

Wednesday, June 17th, 2009

Once again, I feel the need to defend the Welsh Assembly Government’s policy on free prescriptions, something BMA Cymru Wales fought long and hard to have introduced on the Welsh NHS. The Welsh Conservatives say, if they were to gain power in the Assembly, they would scrap them, bringing in charges for those who can [...]

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End to free prescription anomaly

Wednesday, June 10th, 2009

Congratulations to the Welsh Health Minister on ending this discrepancy in the WAG’s free prescriptions policy. Despite patients in Wales being exempt from paying £7.20 for their prescriptions for the past two years, anyone picking one up at a hospital in England still has to pay. This of course unfairly penalises those who have no [...]

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Junior doctor worries are a worry for us all

Friday, June 5th, 2009

I think we are all aware that there a significant number of junior doctor vacancies in Wales. BMA Cymru Wales has been working with the Deanery in Wales to try and improve this situation and attract junior doctors to come and live and work here. The effect of vacancies will be exacerbated in August with [...]

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Compulsory vaccines aren’t the answer to preventing another measles outbreak in Wales

Monday, June 1st, 2009

I’m glad to see the issue of the measles outbreak currently affecting Wales being discussed on other blogs, as the more we can do to raise awareness about it, the better. This massive increase in the number of cases of measles in children in Wales is a huge concern for doctors and parents alike. Measles [...]

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Victory for common sense

Friday, May 22nd, 2009

Recently I’d heard of some cases where BMA members (particularly junior doctors) were being told they couldn’t take time off during working hours to carry out trade union duties. This completely contravenes the partnership working arrangements we fought to get in place, in order for our members to be able to conduct BMA work. So, [...]

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