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06th December 2019

Winners announced for MediWales Innovation Awards

Winners have been announced at the fourteenth annual MediWales Innovation Awards, which celebrate outstanding achievements in NHS Wales and in the Welsh life science and health technology communities.
01st December 2019

Recruitment Boost for NHS Wales at Home and Abroad

According to the latest Welsh Government figures, the target for GP training places in Wales has been exceeded. The quota for GP training places increased from 136 to 160 this year and 186 places have been filled. Representing an increase of 38% on last year’s 144 places filled. The Minister has also been in India to…

28th November 2019

Plans to improve patient access to health professionals in Wales

Health Minister, Vaughan Gething, has announced plans to improve access to health professionals through new ways of working. The new plans aim to allow people to directly access health professionals such as physiotherapists, occupational therapists, podiatrists dietitians and others at primary care health centres. There will also be a greater emphasis on prevention to reduce…

28th November 2019

Major expansion in training places for nurses and other health professionals

Health Minister, Vaughan Gething, has announced an extra £16.4 million for a 14.5% increase in training places for nursing and midwifery and a 17.7% increase for other health professions. Over the past 5 years training places for nurses and midwives have increased by 55.9% and it is the 6th consecutive year the Welsh Government has…

30th September 2019

Timely access to GP services a priority for Welsh public

New research published today shows people want better access to GP services and highlights the importance of securing change through the new GP contract for Wales. The research, commissioned by the Welsh Government, also found people agreed with the Choose Well campaign, which asks people to use the most appropriate healthcare services for their condition,…

30th September 2019

New measure for cancer services in Wales is a UK first

For the first time, all cancer patients in Wales are having their waiting time measured from when their cancer is first suspected rather than from when their referral is received in hospital. The new measure, a first in the UK, aims to speed up diagnosis and ensure people with cancer are treated more quickly. It…

30th September 2019

New organ donation campaign launched to encourage more Welsh people to sign the register

Welsh Government has unveiled its latest TV advertising campaign during Organ Donation Week (2nd-9th September) in a bid to encourage more people to sign the Organ Donor Register. This is the third advert from the Welsh Government and evolves from last year’s hard-hitting campaign urging people to have the organ donation conversation but also to…

29th July 2019

Wales leading the way on organ donation

The latest figures from the NHS Blood and Transplant published today show the consent rate for organ donation in Wales have increased by 7% from last year. Wales has the highest consent rate of all the UK nations, now 77%, up from 58% in 2015, when the new a soft opt-out system of consent to…

29th July 2019

New Chair appointed at Hywel Dda University Health Board

Health Minister, Vaughan Gething has today announced the appointment of Maria Battle as the new Chair of Hywel Dda University Health Board for a 4 year period. On the appointment, the minister said: Maria brings a wealth of experience of the NHS to this role. I’m confident that Maria’s clear knowledge, personal drive and passion…

23rd July 2019

Finger-prick blood test could safely reduce antibiotic use for people with chronic lung disease

A new study, involving researchers from the Centre for Trials Research and the Wales Centre for Primary and Emergency Care Research (PRIME Centre Wales), has found a simple finger-prick blood test at a GP surgery could prevent the unnecessary prescribing of antibiotics to people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). More than a million people…