The Public Health (Wales) Act received Royal Assent on 3 July 2017. The Act sets out provisions in a number of priority areas of public health policy, including obesity, smoking, ‘special procedures’ (such as body piercing, tattooing), pharmaceutical services, and toilets for public use. This paper provides summary information about the different parts of the Act, the background to the legislation and its passage through the Assembly.
Any healthcare system relies on having enough well-trained, skilled and motivated staff and NHS Wales is no exception. Doctors are a key part of our local health services, but concerns about the recruitment, retention and sustainability of the medical workforce are well publicised. In the first half of 2017, the Assembly’s Health, Social Care and Sport Committee undertook an inquiry into the recruitment and retention of medical staff in Wales. The Committee’s report following the inquiry will be discussed in Plenary on 20 September.
This briefing provides an overview of the food and drink industry in Wales, including key facts about the economic importance of the sector, and targets for its growth. It details Welsh Government strategy for the industry, outlines recent progress on delivering the strategy, and highlights areas likely to be affected by the UK’s exit from the European Union. It also outlines support available for businesses in the food and drink industry.
Following the 2016 National Assembly for Wales’ elections, the First Minister made a commitment to establish an expert panel who would undertake a Parliamentary Review of Health and Social Care in Wales. The expert panel, led by former Chief Medical Officer for Wales Dr Ruth Hussey was established in March 2017, tasked with submitting a final report and recommendations by the end of 2017. In July 2017 the Parliamentary Review published its interim report, which will be debated by Assembly Members in plenary on Wednesday 20 September 2017.
Between November 2012 and July 2013 Wales experienced its largest measles outbreak since the introduction of the MMR vaccine. Measles has been in the news again in recent weeks, partly due to an outbreak of the infection in the Newport and Torfaen areas. There have also been a number of outbreaks across Europe this year. In its Global Measles and Rubella Strategic Plan 2012-2020, the World Health Organisation (WHO) set a goal of eliminating measles by the end of 2020. This will require increasing the uptake of measles vaccinations worldwide, including in Wales and the UK.
Population expansion, economic growth and flooding are just some of the things on the horizon for Wales, according to a ‘Future Trends Report’. The report, published by the Welsh Government on May 5 2017, is a requirement of the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015.
Many of us are aware of the importance of exercise and encouraging our children to be more active too. But what exactly are the potential benefits of physical activity in childhood? How much are children exercising in Wales today, and how much should they be physically active to stay healthy?