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Call for more funding for NHS pay in Wales

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THE UK GOVERNMENT has been urged to increase the amount of funding available for NHS pay.

Ahead of the Autumn statement, Scottish Health Secretary Humza Yousaf and Welsh Health Minister Eluned Morgan have written to UK Health Secretary Steve Barclay to ask for additional funding to help avert strike action this winter in the NHS.

The letter reads: “We wanted to write to you in advance of the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement on 17th November to once again make the case for additional funding for our hardworking NHS staff.

“In recent weeks the Deputy First Minister of Scotland and the Welsh Government Minister for Finance and Local Government have written to His Majesty’s Treasury to make clear the need for additional funding for public services.

“The Royal College of Nursing have announced a sweeping legal mandate for industrial action across the UK. In Scotland, they have joined several other unions representing NHS staff in gaining a legal mandate for industrial action with ballots expected to confirm a mandate in the rest of the UK.

“The risk to the NHS of industrial action this winter is profound, and we all need to do all we can to avert industrial action in any form. The NHS across the UK continues to feel the effects of the pandemic as it recovers and remobilises, and any action is likely to have catastrophic effects in all parts of the UK.

“We are experiencing a cost of living crisis and the anger of NHS staff is entirely understandable. Sky rocketing inflation combined with high interest rates, a direct result of the havoc caused by the UK Government’s mini-budget, means that we are simply unable to come close to matching the expectations of NHS staff across the country. While the support provided by the UK Government on areas such as support for energy bills is welcome, it has not gone nearly far enough.

“Media reports suggest that the Chancellor is considering reimposing austerity on the people of the UK again, for which there is no mandate, through extensive spending cuts. That would be a disaster for our public services, including the NHS, at a time when they need more investment, not less.

“We would therefore implore you to work with us to make the case to the Chancellor in advance of his Autumn Statement for increased funding for the NHS and the devolved governments as a whole, primarily to pay our hard working NHS staff a fair pay rise in the face of the cost of living crisis this winter, and avoid what could be catastrophic industrial action in the NHS.”

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Neyland and Johnston Surgery becomes managed practice

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NEYLAND and Johnston Surgery has transferred to being managed by Hywel Dda University Health Board.

This follows the resignation of the General Medical Services contract that the former GP Partners held with the Health Board and reflects the wishes of the majority of patients and stakeholders that the Practice remain an essential service for all patients in the communities it serves.

While the former GP Partners have either retired or left the Practice, the Practice staff have transferred over to the employment of the Health Board. The Health Board is grateful to this team who have worked through the difficult period over recent weeks, and it is hoped this will provide important continuity for patients.

Patients do not need to do anything as registration automatically remains with Neyland and Johnston Surgery, and patients should continue to access services as normal. However, the Practice is undergoing a period of transition over the next few months, and this may involve some gradual changes in systems and processes behind the scenes.

Jill Paterson, Director of Primary Care, Community and Long Term Care for Hywel Dda University Health Board said: “The Health Board would like to thank patients for their ongoing support for the Practice team.

“While GP recruitment is a significant challenge across the UK, efforts to recruit GPs to join the Practice are underway and it is hoped that a combination of new permanent GPs and regular locums can be put in place very soon.

“In the meantime, it is likely that the Practice will be dependent on experienced locum GPs, most of whom have worked in other local Practices in Pembrokeshire. These locum GPs will have full access to patient notes and records and are supported by the wider Practice multi-disciplinary team.”

The practice website is being relaunched in November and can be accessed at

https://neylandandjohnstonsurgery.nhs.wales/ The website will include details of how to register for online ordering of repeat prescriptions (known as My Health Online), and how to contact the practice online for non-urgent problems.

If you have any queries please telephone us at 0300 303 8322 (option 5), or email ask.hdd@wales.nhs.uk

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County Hall turns purple for PoTS

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PEMBROKESHIRE County Hall will light up in purple on Tuesday to raise awareness of
the debilitating condition PoTS.

PoTS (Postural Tachycardia Syndrome) can affect people of any age.

It is a disorder of the autonomic nervous system. Symptoms include tachycardia (fast
heart rate), dizziness, breathlessness, chest pain, fainting, exercise intolerance,
gastrointestinal issues, severe fatigue, and many more.

PoTS Awareness Day is on Tuesday October 25 and comes at an important time.
Support charity PoTS UK says it is receiving increasing reports of people developing
the disorder after contracting Covid-19.

County Hall will join other UK landmarks including Brighton Palace Pier and the
National Library of Wales in turning purple.

You can find out more about PoTS at potsuk.org

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MHS Big Picture on tour

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DID you know that being creative can reduce stress, anxiety and help reduce symptoms of depression? 

Milford Haven School Art Club does, and that is why they want to invite our community to join them in creating a Big Picture together for World Mental Health Day.

Charities and organisations such as 2Wish, Samaritans and Liss Listens will be teaming up with Milford Haven School to help paint our Big Picture. 

Our Big Picture will go on to be donated to the community and be displayed in Milford Haven to spread joy and positivity.

Join them on Friday, October 14 between 10am and 2pm at Pill Social Centre. No experience is needed, everyone is welcome and all equipment and refreshments will be provided on the day.

They can’t wait to see you all

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