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Welsh legislation

BMA Cymru Wales monitors and comments on relevant legislation being considered by the Welsh Assembly. Please find below responses and briefings produced by BMA Cymru Wales relating to Welsh bills. 

 

Bills currently under consideration

Health and Social Care (Quality and Engagement) (Wales) Bill

BMA Cymru Wales supports the broad intentions of this Bill but believes its provisions could be clarified and strengthened in a number of regards. This should include recognising the need to ensure appropriate staffing levels are in place in order to provide improved service quality.

Read our response to the consultation on the general principles of the Bill

 

Bills determined in 2019

Public Services Ombudsman (Wales) Bill

BMA Cymru Wales expressed concerns about aspects of the way ombudsman investigations into complaints against GPs are dealt with, and therefore made some suggestions for amendments to the Bill.

Read our response to the consultation on the general principles of the Bill

 

Bills determined in 2018

Public Health (Minimum Price for Alcohol) (Wales) Bill

BMA Cymru Wales expressed full support for this Bill, which introduced a minimum unit price for alcohol sales in Wales.

Read our response to the consultation on the general principles of the Bill

 

Bills determined in 2017

Trade Union (Wales) Bill

BMA Cymru Wales expressed full support for the intention of this Bill to dis-apply certain aspects of the UK Government’s Trade Union Act 2016 in relation to devolved public service in Wales. These included proposals to dis-apply regulations relating to facility time (including the requirement in the UK Act to publish information about on the amount of facility time provided) and the proposed 40% overall support threshold for ballots for industrial action.

Read our response to the consultation on the general principles of the Bill

 

Re-introduced Public Health (Wales) Bill

BMA Cymru Wales welcomed the re-introduction of the Public Health (Wales) Bill after its failure to pass during the previous Assembly term.

Although we were disappointed the Welsh Government had chosen to drop the provisions to restrict the use of e-cigarettes in some public places, we were of the view that we preferred to see the rest of the provisions enacted than for the Bill to fall again due to a lack of political support.

We particularly welcomed the retention of the proposals for Welsh Ministers to be able to require Health Impact Assessments (HIAs) be carried out in defined circumstances, having strongly lobbied for these additional provisions to be added when the previous version of the Bill was considered.

We again sought reassurances that the proposals for pharmaceutical needs assessments would be implemented in a manner which will not threaten the viability of dispensing GP practices, and were pleased to obtain such reassurances.

We called for the Bill to be further strengthened by including additional proposals that would give Welsh Ministers more power to introduced statutory nutritional standards in pre-school, care home and hospital settings, as well as for actions to be required which are aimed at tackling obesity in each local authority area. We were pleased to receive clear commitments that the nutritional standards would be progressed outside of the Bill, and pleased to see amendments agreed which require the Welsh Government to take forward a national obesity strategy.

 

Bills determined in 2016

Public Health (Wales) Bill

BMA Cymru Wales expressed extreme disappointment that the Bill was not nearly as wide-ranging as previously indicated at the initial Green Paper stage in 2012. In particular, we called for the Bill to be strengthened through the addition of a statutory requirement for Health Impact Assessments to be undertaken in specified circumstances.

We did, however, broadly welcome those measures which were proposed including the intention to extend the ban on smoking in enclosed public spaces to e-cigarettes, but we had concerns that proposals for pharmaceutical needs assessments might threaten the viability of dispensing GP practices in rural areas unless specific safeguards were also incorporated.

After helping secure a number of key amendments to the Bill, BMA Cymru Wales was deeply disappointed that the Bill failed to pass during its final vote.

Read our response to the consultation on the general principles of the bill

Read our briefing on Health Impact Assessment

Read our briefing on Part 2 of the Bill: Tobacco and nicotine products

Read our email to AMs on the Health and Social Care Committee with a summary of our response to the consultation on the general principles of the Bill

Read our follow-up email to AMs on the Health and Social Care Committee in response to evidence from the Minister for Health and Social Services

Read our briefing to AMs on the Health and Social Care Committee on the Stage 2 amendments on Health Impact Assessment

Read our briefing to AMs on the Health and Social Care Committee on other Stage 2 amendments

Read our briefing to AMs on the Stage 3 amendments

Read our joint press statement with the RCN on the failure of the Bill to pass following the Stage 4 debate

 

The Safe Nurse Staffing Levels (Wales) Bill

BMA Cymru Wales supported this bill which was proposed by Kirsty Williams AM

Read our response to the consultation on the general principles of the bill

Read our response to the draft version of the bill

 

Bills determined in 2015

Planning (Wales) Bill

BMA Cymru Wales has called for this bill to include a requirement for health impact assessments for certain planning applications and for Public Health Wales to be made a statutory consultee.

Read our response to the consultation on the general principles of the bill

 

The Well-being of Future Generations Bill

BMA Cymru Wales has expressed concern that the bill as introduced does not deliver a previously promised health-in-all-policies approach, and has therefore called for the bill to be strengthened to ensure this is properly delivered.

Read our letter to the minister for natural resources

Read our letter to AMs on the Environment and Sustainability Committee, which is scrutinising the bill

Read our response to the consultation on the general principles of the bill

 

Bills determined in 2013

The Active Travel (Wales) Bill

Read our response to the consultation on the general principles of the bill

 

The Human Transplantation (Wales) Bill

Read our response to the draft bill