Posts Tagged ‘Welsh Assembly government’

Medical profession encouraged to work in Wales

Friday, February 3rd, 2012

Wednesday saw the launch of a new campaign by the Welsh Government, Welsh NHS Confederation and Wales Deanery to attract more doctors to apply to work in Wales. We welcome the drive to spread the word amongst the medical profession about the benefits of living and working in Wales. The standards of clinical training and [...]

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Welsh Cancer Standards

Monday, May 10th, 2010

The Western Mail today reports on Wales falling short on meeting national cancer standards. Health professionals throughout Wales are committed to providing the best possible services to patients, and welcome the Welsh Assembly Governments ambition to achieve 100 per cent compliance across this set of standards – unfortunately the reality falls woefully short of the [...]

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Alcohol Pricing

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

This afternoon in Plenary Health Minister Edwina Hart AM set out the Welsh Assembly Government’s position on alcohol pricing. I’m pleased that the Welsh Assembly Government are taking the issue of alcohol abuse seriously. In recent years, the affordability of alcohol in the UK has been increasing, and this has played a significant role in [...]

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Wales could lead the way…..

Thursday, March 4th, 2010

Plaid Cymru MP Hywel Williams has laid an early day motion backing Wales’ decision to explore moving to a system of presumed consent. It says: “That this House welcomes the announcement by the Welsh Assembly Government that Wales will move to a system of presumed consent, based on a soft opt-out system for organ donation; [...]

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WELCOMED: Proposals to Close Sunbed Regulation Loop-hole

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

Today the National Assembly’s Health Committee publishes its report looking into the use and [serious lack of] regulation of the sunbed industry in Wales. A clear message to discourage the use of sunbeds was sent out earlier this year following the success of our campaign to get local authorities in Wales to remove the sunbeds [...]

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Action not words now needed on organ donation

Thursday, August 6th, 2009

Around 30* people will have died in Wales in the last year, waiting for a transplant on the organ donor register. That’s why BMA Cmyru Wales is calling for action to be taken by the Welsh Assembly Government with regard to possible changes to the organ donation system. It’s also a year since the Assembly’s [...]

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Wales is right to opt out of swine flu helpline – for now

Monday, July 27th, 2009

Looking at some of the media coverage over the weekend and the past week in fact, it only serves to reassure me that Wales is right so far, to opt out of the National Pandemic Flu Service, now operating in England. The Chief Medical Officer for Wales, Dr Tony Jewell, attended a meeting of our [...]

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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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Kicking off the ARM with a call to "Look after our NHS"

Monday, June 29th, 2009

Day one of this year’s ARM in Liverpool began with BMA UK Chairman Dr Hamish Meldrum’s key address to delegates. The hall’s packed with around 500 doctors from all over the UK. In his speech Dr Meldrum called on the Westminster Government to “end this ludicrous, divisive and expensive experiment of the market in healthcare [...]

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Will Government finally act on regulating the sunbed industry?

Wednesday, June 17th, 2009

More support today for the BMA’s calls to get the tanning industry better regulated. The independent government advisory committee Comare (Committee on Medical Aspects of Radiation in the Environment) says the current system, where the industry is self-regulated, is inadequate on public health grounds. The committee’s making several recommendations to Government, many of which we’ve [...]

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Welsh Pharmacy Awards 2009

Friday, May 1st, 2009

Last night I attended the Welsh Pharmacy Awards at Cardiff’s City Hall. This was the first ever event of its kind hosted by the Welsh Chemist Review – a publication for pharmacists produced by Medical Communications Limited, based in Northern Ireland. Similar hosted events take place in Northern Ireland where GPs are also recognised for [...]

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Organ donor public debates test opinion on presumed consent

Wednesday, October 29th, 2008

My Policy and Public Affairs Officers attended one of the many Welsh Assembly Government public debates this week, examining the question of ‘presumed consent’ for organ donation. The BMA has long-argued the need for a fundamental shake-up in the way organs are donated. We have some 500 people in Wales waiting for a donation. What [...]

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