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Tony Beddow, is a Visiting Professor at the Welsh Institute for Health and Social Care and Chair of Socialist Health Association Wales

Author Tony Beddow 1.11.18 Purpose This short report gives progress made with our policy development process since the last Central Council meeting. Members may recall that central Council previously agreed that four possible areas of work could form the focus of policy development in the coming months. These are: Mental Health – building upon the (inchoate) policy produced by the Labour’s National Policy Forum Public Health policy – building upon current SHA policy, identifying gaps and undertaking work to fill them A National Care Service – exploring the boundaries of this emerging concept, its funding and governance and other aspects […]
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  ‘LEGISLATION WATCH WALES’ – October 2018 Health and Social Care Briefing Acts Additional Learning Needs and Education Tribunal (Wales) Act 2018 http://www.senedd.assembly.wales/mgIssueHistoryHome.aspx?IId=16496 The Act makes provision for a new statutory framework for supporting children and young people with additional learning needs. This is to replace existing legislation surrounding special educational needs and the assessment of children and young people with learning difficulties and / or disabilities in post-16 education and training. The Act also continues the existence of the Special Educational Needs Tribunal for Wales and provides for children, their parents and young people to appeal to it against […]
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Dear member, As you may know, Central Council has agreed a way forward for continuing our policy development work. There are four policy areas being explored further and these are: a) Looking at our extant public health policies to see what significant gaps, if any, should be addressed b) Looking at the needs of carers c) Adding to / undertaking a critical analysis of the Labour Party NPF paper on Mental Health issued last year d) Taking further some current ideas for what a new (integrated and English ) health and care system might look like, he basis of its […]
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A Healthier Wales? Cymru Iachach? Monday October 1st 7pm to 9pm The new Welsh Government Plan for Health and Social Care What does this mean for us in North Wales? Come and hear the debate from our expert Panel Huw Irranca-Davies, Minister for Children, Older People and Social Care Donna Hutton UNISON Cymru Wales Head of Health Professor Rhiannon Tudor-Edwards Professor of Health Economics, Bangor University Dr Matthew Davies General practitioner, BCUHB Cluster Lead Chair: Tony Beddow Secretary, SHA Cymru Wales Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-healthier-wales-cymru-iachach-tickets-49012698300?aff=es2 www.shacymruwales.cymru

Land Transaction Tax and Anti-avoidance of Devolved Taxes (Wales) Act 2017 The Act includes provision for introducing a “Land Transaction Tax” (LTT) to replace the UK Stamp Duty Land Tax in Wales from April 2018 and measures to tackle the avoidance of devolved taxes. The Bill sets out: the key principles of LTT, such as the types of transactions that will incur a charge to LTT and the person liable to pay LTT; the procedure for setting tax rates and bands; how the tax will be calculated and what reliefs may apply; specific measures to tackle devolved tax avoidance; the […]
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SHA deplores the weekend actions of computer hackers that caused the paralysis of large parts of the NHS in England and Scotland, placed patients at risk, and in some cases brought to a halt some ongoing operative and diagnostic procedures. SHA pays tribute to the NHS staff that coped so magnificently with such interference and those who toiled over the week end to restore services. SHA notes that the Welsh NHS was not especially affected and believes that this is due in no small measure to the integrated way in which  primary and secondary care services are planned, delivered and supported in Wales which removed the internal market and […]
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Health and Social Care Briefing Acts None as yet in this current term of the National Assembly for Wales Legislation in Progress – current Bills Public Health (Wales) Bill http://www.senedd.assembly.wales/mgIssueHistoryHome.aspx?IId=16155 The Public Health (Wales) Bill utilises legislation as a mechanism for improving and protecting the health and wellbeing of the population of Wales. It comprises a set of provisions in discrete areas of public health policy: The Bill proposes to introduce changes that: Re-state restrictions on smoking in enclosed and substantially enclosed public and work places, and give Welsh Ministers a regulation-making power to extend the restrictions on smoking to […]
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Health and Social Care Acts The Assembly has to date passed the following Acts of relevance to the health and social care community. Food Hygiene Rating (Wales) Act 2013 – 4th of March 2013 This Act includes provision for food authorities to operate a food hygiene rating scheme and places a duty on food businesses to display their food hygiene rating at their establishment. Human Transplantation (Wales) Act 2013 – 10th of September 2013 This Act aims to increase the number of organs and tissues available for transplant by introducing a soft opt-out system of organ and tissue donation in Wales. […]
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Between 6 July and 20 November, the Welsh Government published the Green Paper Our Health, Our Health Service, for consultation. It covered a wide range of topics relating to the health service in Wales and asked for views about what legislative measures could be introduced to improve the quality of health services and the accountability, governance and functions of NHS organisations. A summary of the responses received during the consultation has been published.  A total of 170 written responses were received to the consultation, together with comments from more than 40 stakeholder meetings, including two large public events.  The responses and […]
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Response to Green paper: Our health our health services 1. Purpose This paper provides the response of the Socialist Health Association (Cymru Wales) to the Green Paper on Health issued by Welsh Government in July 2015. 2. Background The Green paper was issued to seek views on any action needed either to bring the (Welsh) legislation up to date or to effect other changes that will improve the quality of the service given by the Welsh NHS. The paper notes three lines of defence against poor practice – the staff employed by the NHS, the leadership /governance of the NHS, and […]
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SHA Cymru Wales wishes to congratulate Andrew Griffiths, Chief Information Officer and Director of NHS Wales Informatics Service on winning NHS healthcare champion of the year at the EHI awards in October 2015″. The award was voted on by readers of Digital Health News and is richly deserved. “Andrew Griffiths has made a dedicated and outstanding contribution to the development of information and technology services in NHS Wales. He has been instrumental in bringing to fruition a national architecture that will make joined up care a reality. Under his leadership, NHS Wales has delivered national systems, such as pathology and […]
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Geraint Davies MP (Swansea West) is pictured receiving a petition from 38 degrees members in his area raising concerns about the impact of TTIP upon the power of Parliament to  manage and oversee trade agreements.  Among those handing over the petition is Tony Beddow, secretary of SHA Cymru Wales. Tony said ” Geraint Davies has been at the forefront in Parliament of exposing the secrecy surrounding the TTIP deals and his Bill requiring Parliamentary scrutiny of trade agreements is a welcome attempt to retain powers in Westminster. We  can’t trust anything the British Government says on these trade deals. We also need […]
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