Update: The parlous State of NHS Wales and its aspirations does not help doctor recruitment.

The parlous State of NHS Wales and its aspirations does not help doctor recruitment. Neither do the Health Board names. The Boards got rid of subsidized housing some years ago, which would have helped, and school standards may be falling, although somehow the Sunday Times got away without comparisons to England, who may be falling as well! There are problems with infrastructure, aspiration and leadership, as well as debate, in Wales. Since we are attached to a much larger political and economic unit we are likely to find that the net 20% loss of graduates continues until these issues are addressed. Never mind, we can always win the rugby…

Martin Shipton on 17th November 2014 reports for Walesonline: Doctors warn: Welsh NHS faces ‘imminent meltdown’ amid call for inquiry into nation’s health service

James Lyons and Sian Griffiths report that Stephen Crabbe, MP for Pembrokeshire,  with no influence on either health or educational implementation policies (he does have on finance and strategy) says in The Sunday Times 1st Feb 2015: Wales “proves Labour will fail pupils”, reprinted later as “Labour win would be ‘catastrophe’, says Boots boss”.

Alice Thompson on September 24th opined: We’ve forgotten one member of the UK family..

Owain Clark on 12th November 2014 reports for the BBC: Wales’ NHS: ‘No need to apologise,’ senior doctor says

Mark Smith for Walesonline 16th Jan 2015 reports: Doctors becoming depressed and even suicidal because of NHS complaints system, says BMA 

Martin Shipton for Walesonline 26th Jan 2015 reports: Public confidence in the Welsh NHS has plummeted, according to new polls 

Mailonline 27th Jan 2015 reports: It’s not fair to compare Labour’s Welsh NHS crisis to England, complains Miliband… who insists it is better than it was 18 YEARS ago and “A million flock to A&E because of a shortage of GP appointments”. Also Cameron accuses Labour of using NHS as a political ‘weapon’ after Miliband attacks ‘disgusting’ betrayal of patients amid growing A&E crisis

George Eaton in The New Statesman 28th Jan 2015 reports: PMQs review: Cameron’s “weaponise” charge throws Miliband off balance

BBC News reports 28th Jan 2015: Ambulance response times in Wales are ‘worst on record’

David Williamson 28th Jan 2015 reports: Cameron under fire for using Welsh health service for ‘political propaganda’ as parties battle for the public’s trust on the NHS

Sam Yarwood in the Daily Post 30th Jan 2015 reports: Problems at North Wales’ health boards won’t be fixed by name change 

Renaming Wales’s health boards would be a waste of money and would not solve the NHS’s recruitment problems, according to GPs and campaigners.

The call for a name change came from Professor Derek Gallen, a dean at the Wales Deanery which oversees the education and training of doctors.

Currently there are 400 vacancies in the Welsh NHS for junior doctors and he believes geography or incorrect perceptions of Wales are to blame.

Prof Gallen says that many young doctors draw a blank at Betsi Cadwaladr or Hywel Dda and are unsure of the commute.

He says he also feels many trainees believe they need to speak Welsh, and that both factors have a negative impact on recruiting and retaining doctors in the country.

Of the 400 training vacancies in Wales, 25 are in the north.

Renaming health boards, for example changing Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board (BCUHB) to the North Wales Health Board, could help solve the recruitment problem, according to Prof Gallen.

He said: “We need to encourage more junior doctors to train and live in Wales.

“There is potential for junior doctors to not fully understand the geography in Wales, and that they will have long commutes between health boards and trusts on their rotations, also that they will have to speak Welsh.

“These perceptions do play a negative part in the recruitment.”…

The South Wales Evening Post reports 30th Jan 2015: Do health board names like Abertawe Bro Morgannwg put off junior doctors?

BBC News reports 30th Jan 2015: NHS board names ‘hard’ for junior doctors in recruitment and on 26th Mansion tax plan to boost Wales NHS defended by Jones. Exactly 500 homes in Wales are valued over £1 million compared to 4,500 in Scotland and 400,000 in England. (John Arlidge in The Sunday Times 1st Feb 2015: Brick rich, cash poor: meet the new ‘homillionaires’)

Mark Smith reports for Walesonline 29th Jan 2015: Wales needs to recruit an extra 95 GPs this year just to reach the UK average, doctors warn

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About Roger Burns - retired GP

I am a retired GP and medical educator. I have supported patient participation throughout my career, and my practice, St Thomas; Surgery, has had a longstanding and active Patient Participation Group (PPG). I support the idea of Community Health Councils, although I feel they should be funded at arms length from government. I have taught GP trainees for 30 years, and been a Programme Director for GP training in Pembrokeshire 20 years. I served on the Pembrokeshire LHG and LHB for a total of 10 years. I completed an MBA in 1996, and I along with most others, never had an exit interview from any job in the NHS! I completed an MBA in 1996, and was a runner up for the Adam Smith prize for economy and efficiency in government in that year. This was owing to a suggestion (St Thomas' Mutual) that practices had incentives for saving by being allowed to buy rationed out services in the following year.

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