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Wishing all our members, partners, stakeholders and friends a Merry Christmas 🎅
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The Academy has submitted evidence to the National Assembly for Wales External Affairs and Additional Legislations Committee’s for the Inquiry ‘Resilience and Preparedness : the Welsh Government’s administrative and financial response to Brexit.

http://bit.ly/2BIcqnj
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The Academy has recently responded to the UK Government Department of Health consultation into the regulation of medical associate professions in the UK.

http://bit.ly/2zjmqFv
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Dr Paul Myres presenting on 'the need for honesty' at the Choosing Wisely International Symposium in Lugano

#makingchoicestogether

https://youtu.be/ZtUbVWL-YmA
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The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges is, for the first time, issuing guidance to clinicians and hospital managers about the best way to cope with the additional pressure on the healthcare system caused by the colder weather.

Based on the real-life examples of how some hospitals cope with winter pressures, the ten point plan provides practical remedies to help with the increase in admissions that always happen at this time of year.

http://bit.ly/2AG2lvn
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The Academy recently gave comment to BBC Radio Wales in response to a study of more than 500,000 people which found poorer patients living in affluent areas were the most likely to miss a GP appointment.

"No-showers" tended to be aged 16 to 30, or older than 90, according to the researchers from Lancaster, Glasgow and Aberdeen Universities.

The study findings are published The Lancet Public Health journal.

There is no centrally collected data on total number of GP appointments or how many of them are missed.

The study found 19% of patients missed more than two appointments in a three-year period.

Those appointments that were booked two or three days in advance were more likely to be missed than those made two weeks in advance.

Social deprivation was the biggest predictor.

http://amrcw.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Paul-Myres-BBC-Radio-Wales.mp4


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Academy statement in support of new law to introduce minimum price of alcohol in Wales.

The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges Wales welcomes the Welsh Government introduction of the Public Health (Minimum Price for Alcohol) (Wales) Bill, that will introduce a minimum price for the sale of alcohol in Wales as part of wider efforts to reduce the health effects of excessive drinking.
 
The Bill will address longstanding and specific health concerns around the effects of excess alcohol consumption, which is estimated to lead to 50,000 alcohol-related hospital admissions a year, costing the Welsh NHS £120m annually.
 
The Bill proposes to introduce a minimum price for alcohol supplied in Wales, and to make it an offence for alcohol to be supplied below that price. The Bill proposes that the level of the minimum unit price (MUP) for this purpose would be specified in regulations made by the Welsh Ministers.

[full statement]

http://bit.ly/2y1Q1nN 
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Our Chair, Dr Paul Myres has recently returned from the Choosing Wisely International round table in Amsterdam, followed by a presentation to a local Choosing Wisely symposium in Lugano on ‘the need for honesty’.
All presentations and posters are available to view and download.

http://amrcw.org.uk/2017/10/09/choosing-wisely-international-symposium/

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"Welcome to our October newsletter, this is the first publication in this format and I hope it makes for an informative read.

As we begin to capture and prepare to communicate our work plan for our end of year annual report, we take stock and report on what has been a busy and productive last few months for the Academy in Wales.
Please take your time to update yourself on the latest activity from the Academy."

Dr Paul Myres | Chair, Academy of Medical Royal Colleges Wales

http://amrcw.org.uk/newsletter-october-2017/
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Choosing wisely Wales has received further payment from Welsh Government for 2017 - 2018 to fund clinical leadership and support patient involvement. Public Health Wales has also provided funding as part of its Patient Centred Care Programme. Wayne Jepson of 1000 lives is providing programme management and we are getting a lot of input regarding coproduction and evaluating patient experience from 1000 lives team.

http://amrcw.org.uk/2017/10/11/choosing-wisely-update-oct-2017/

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