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Doctors go online to encourage voters to have their say on health

16 March 2007

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Doctors’ leaders in Wales have gone online to encourage more people to vote in May’s National Assembly election.

In a bilingual online message, British Medical Association (BMA)  Welsh Secretary Dr Richard Lewis and Deputy BMA Secretary Stephen Jones urge people to use their vote and have their say on the future of the Welsh NHS.

In his online appeal, Dr Lewis says: “On 3 May, the people of Wales will have an opportunity to vote in the National Assembly election. The National Assembly is the body that decides health policy for all of us who live in Wales, and so, it’s vitally important that we all take part in voting a government into power. Between now and 3 May, the political parties in Wales will be publishing their manifestos: what they would do for the health service over the next four years.

“If you have a view on the current health service – and which of us doesn’t – you need to vote in the election. If you don’t bother to vote, don’t bother to complain if the service isn’t what you’d like it to be.”

In a bid to inform the public on the parties’ key health policies, BMA Cymru Wales are holding an public question and answer session on Tuesday March 20 at 7.30pm at the Rearden Smith Lecture Theatre, National Museums and Galleries of Wales, Cardiff.

Dr Lewis adds: “BMA Cymru Wales are holding this event specifically to help the public understand more about what each political party, if elected, will do to solve the problems in the NHS. We have called the event “How do you solve a problem like the Welsh NHS?”. Hundreds of thousands of people voted for Pembrokeshire’s Connie Fisher to win the role of Maria in the ‘Sound of Music’ in the TV show. “How do you solve a problem like the Welsh NHS” is much more important and long term.

“The event is free, so if you can, please come along to the Reardon Smith Lecture Theatre on Tuesday 20 March at 7.30pm to question representatives from the four main political parties on their plans and ideas for the Welsh NHS.”