• Tackling obesity in Wales by Dr Michael Thomas

    Dr Michael Thomas is chair of the Welsh Committee for Public Health Medicine Obesity is one of the biggest public health issues facing us in Wales, and is indeed a problem facing the world. The National Survey for Wales 2017 revealed that 59% of adults in Wales are overweight or obese. When I wrote a blog on public health in Wales in 2016 the rate was 57%. Placing aside the pressure that this will continue to place...
  • Christmas message from Dr David Bailey, Chair BMA's Welsh Council

    I’m pleased to be able to share with you my first message as chair of the BMA’s Welsh Council. 2017 has brought significant changes to public health in Wales. Earlier this year, the National Assembly passed the Public Health (Wales) Act, and thanks to the hard work and dedication of our members and the staff at BMA Cymru Wales, Health Impact Assessments were included in the Act. Steps to improve the nation’s...
  • A careers advisor said my plans were unrealistic by Mr Tim Havard

    Mr Tim Havard is the Director (Wales) of the Royal College of Surgeons I often wonder why I chose surgery as a career. I don’t really buy that’s its genetic, although both my father and uncle were general surgeons, so I didn’t lack for inspiration or insight. However, neither pushed me into it and neither romanticised the realities or challenges they faced in their jobs. It could well be stubbornness...
  • Nobody in my family had been to university by Dr Maria Atkins

    Dr Maria Atkins is a Consultant Psychiatrist working in Haverford West I was born and brought up in Cardiff and attended a comprehensive school in Ely, which had sent one previous person to medical school. Nobody in my family had been to university and I was not exactly encouraged in my careers interview to study medicine, being told that I ‘needed 3 As for that’. My mother was a nurse and really inspired...
  • Advice I’d give to my younger self by Sruthi Sarma

    Sruthi Sarma is a 5 th year medical student at Cardiff University School of Medicine My journey through medical school has almost come to an end. It has been a long (and at times gruelling) five years, but I’m glad to be at this stage in my career and life. Looking back, I wish I had a better insight into what I signed myself up to. Hopefully, I’ll be able to give you a few hints and tips that will help...