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Section highlightHouses into homes This report details findings to emerge from the evaluation during the first six months of delivery (April to September 2012).
Written Statement - Update on tobacco policy »Standardised packaging of tobacco products and Sub Committees on The Smoke-free Premises etc. (Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2012.Learn more »
National Library base for US Radio Travel programme
On Saturday 25 May, The National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth will be host to US radio star, Peter Greenberg.
- Industry and government plan for a healthy future for farming in Wales
- Historic garden is a breakfast TV star
- National Library base for US Radio Travel programme
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Section highlightAccess to information
The Welsh Government has followed the principles of openness in government for many years. Find out how you can make a freedom of information request or see requests that have already been made.
Sky lanterns: environmental and risk assessment »To establish an evidence base to help any future policy decisions on sky lanterns and helium balloons.Learn more »
- Future management of private water supply pipes
- Amendments to the Motor Vehicle (Competitions and Trials) Regulations 1969 and the Motor Vehicles (Off Road Events) Regulations 1995
- Higher Education (Wales) Bill: Technical consultation
- The future of agricultural statistical data collection methods in Wales
- Consultation - Local Authorities (Standing Orders) (Wales) Regulations 2006 (Amendment) Regulations 2013
- Draft action plan for pollinators
Featured consultation »Implementing the Domestic Fire Safety (Wales) Measure 2011
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Section highlightFurther and Higher Education (Governance and Information) (Wales) Bill 2013
Removes a number of technical restrictions and controls on colleges without changing the principal powers of colleges to provide further, higher and secondary education.
Legislative programme 2012 - 2013 »
Addressing the Assembly in the Senedd today, the First Minister, Carwyn Jones, detailed the eight bills in the Welsh Government’s 5-year Legislative Programme that will be brought forward during the second year of the Welsh Assembly.Learn more »
Section highlightCommunity Infrastructure Levy
Local authorities can charge a Community Infrastructure Levy on new developments to support the infrastructure needed.
2nd Supplementary Budget 2012-13 »
Proposes a number of changes to the 1st Supplementary Budget for 2012-13, which was published on 26 June 2012.Learn more »
Written Statement - Establishment of a National Minor Ailments Scheme in Wales
The new service will involve the assessment of a patient by an authorised pharmacist and the selection and supply of treatment from a list of medicines (formulary) covering a defined range of disorders. The medicines will be supplied free of charge and individuals, who will have to be registered with the pharmacy, may also receive advice or be referred to their GP or other healthcare professional as appropriate.
Ailments that can be treated will need to be defined through this new service. However, they will comprise conditions that can be recognised and treated safely and effectively by community pharmacists and may include head lice, constipation, dyspepsia, hay fever, cough, sore throat and athlete’s foot. Pharmacists are trained to deal with such ailments and already spend a good proportion of their time advising on the treatment of these conditions. I will be looking to those community pharmacies who provide this new service to ensure it is available at times that best meet the needs of the population they serve.
The benefits of this service will, I believe, promote self-care and build more capacity and collaboration between our services in the community for the benefit of our citizens. It will improve access to services for minor ailments and free GP time to deal with more complex cases. Ultimately, the service will promote a more appropriate use of GP and community pharmacy skills. I should emphasise whilst we want to encourage people to make full use of their local community pharmacists for minor ailments, they will still be able to attend their GP surgeries if they feel it is necessary.
The development work will begin in March 2012. A critical element of the work is the development of the IT infrastructure to support this new service and the wider services provided by community pharmacy. I am particularly keen to see it also support the sharing of appropriate patient information between hospitals, GPs and community pharmacies for the benefit of the patient.
We will be asking for expressions of interest from Local Health Boards and aim to have the first services in place within 12 months with phased roll-out beginning later in 2013. It is a challenging programme of work. To be successful it needs all of the healthcare community to work across traditional professional boundaries for the benefit of the patient. I have decided upon this phased approach so we can build evaluation into the process at each stage to help us shape the national service we wish to provide. I will keep members informed of our progress.