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Health Watchdog Lobbies Minister For ‘Free Flow’ Of GPs To Wales

The independent health watchdog for North Wales – the North Wales Community Health Council (‘NWCHC’) has stepped up its campaign for changes that would mean that GPs could easily come to work in North Wales.
Ryall-Harvey, Chief Officer of the North Wales Community Health Council (NWCHC) says, ‘In 2014, the NWCHC lobbied the then Health Minister to make changes to the system which prevented GPs registered in England to take up posts in Wales and to start work immediately.In January 2015, it was announced that rules had been changed to allow General Practitioners based primarily in England to work in Wales but those changes have failed to alleviate the problems and barriers remain in place preventing the ‘free-flow’ of GPs between England and Wales.
Ryall-Harvey went on to explain, ‘It is widely known that Wales is facing a GP ‘recruitment crisis.’We are aware that there is a large pool of potential locums in the North West of England who are discouraged from working in North Wales, in part, by the ‘registration process’ which they must complete so that they can work here. For example, a GP living in Chester, who might be choosing between locum posts in Blacon (England) and Saltney (Wales) – (both of which are about 2,000 yards from the centre of Chester) – such a GP is likely to choose the Blacon job rather than go through a further bureaucratic form filling exercise which would need to be completed so that he could practice in Wales.’
a recent letter to Vaughan Gethin – Cabinet Secretary for Health, Well-being and Sport, Mr Ryall-Harvey pointed out ‘There is no other profession in the UK that has similar rules enforced upon it. If teachers, lawyers or architects from Wales were not allowed to work freely in England, then there would be an outcry on both sides of the border – especially if those professionals were desperately needed. You should also be aware that Welsh doctors who qualified in Welsh Medical Schools – but who are currently registered in England, are also prevented from practicing in Wales until they apply to be on the ‘Welsh Performers List’. the past twelve months the NWCHC has been consulted on five occasions where entire GP practices have given notice that they are surrendering their contracts. There are many more changes that have involved the closure of branch surgeries, closure of lists and/ or reduction of practice boundaries as practices struggle to cope with the retirement of GP Principals and the inability to recruit young doctors.
further information or to let the NWCHC know your views, please contact the CHC on tel 01248 679 284 or e-mail admin@waleschc.org.uk or visit our website. www.bcchc.org.uk

Denbighshire Community Sport Award 2017 Nominations now open!

The Denbighshire Community Sport Awards 2017 are now open for nominations.
Over the last five years Denbighshire has recognised over 60 individuals, teams, schools and clubs for their dedication to local community grass root sport in Denbighshire. There are also elite level athletes representing Wales and Team GB in their chosen sport from the local area, which will continue to be rewarded. All of the award finalists will be forwarded to the Sport Wales and BBC Wales sport personality awards held nationally in Cardiff, where Denbighshire will be looking to add to the success of 8 finalists and 6 national winners over the last 5 years.
Nominees must reside in Denbighshire, or be affiliated to a Denbighshire club relevant to their nomination and achieved their success in the last 12 months up to the application closing date which is Fri 21st July 2017.
This year’s categories include sports performer, junior sports performer, coach of the year, team of the year, volunteer of the year, disability sport award, young inspiration award, lifetime achievement award and the ‘Sport in School’ award. An individual or team will also be chosen from all the previous category winners for their outstanding achievements/contributions to sport and will represent Denbighshire for the next year as Community Sport Ambassador 2017. Denbighshire Leisure services are also looking for suitable organisations that would like to link to their brand to the community sport awards as a category sponsor and a ‘sponsorship package’ can be sent for more information.
For more information on the awards and details on how to nominate or sponsor this year's event please visit www.denbighshire.gov.uk/sportsawards.