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Section highlightThe People’s NHS Part of an initiative to engage the public in creating a safe and sustainable health service for the future.
Spreading the word »Action on the ground to increase learning materials in the medium of Welsh.Learn more »
First Minister’s call for action on the Welsh language
People from across Wales with an interest in the Welsh language are being asked to take action on its future in a national online conversation.
- Local Government Democracy Bill approved
- Minister welcomes report which could change shape and structure of education delivery in Wales for the better
- First Minister’s call for action on the Welsh language
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Welsh languageWelsh-language technology and digital media action plan
The action plan sets out our commitment to drive developments in the field of Welsh-language technology and digital media.Learn more »
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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.
The Strategy for Older People in Wales 2013-2023 »The 3rd phase focuses on ensuring that older people in Wales have the resources to deal with the challenges and opportunities they face.Learn more »
- A new vision for a National Youth Work Strategy
- The future delivery of education services in Wales
- Consultation on Draft Technical Advice Note (TAN) 23 Economic Development
- Draft industrial and commercial sector plan
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- Building Control system and Approved Document supporting regulation 7
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Section highlightReview of the Planning Enforcement System
The research covers 18 recommendations for the future Welsh enforcement system.
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.
Infrastructure Investment Case Studies »
Examples of infrastructure investment projects funded by the Welsh Government across Wales.Learn more »
Seasonal Flu Vaccine
Free seasonal flu vaccinations are available to anyone aged 65 and over and to younger people in the following at-risk groups:
• Those who have any of the following serious medical conditions:
• a chronic chest condition such as asthma;
• a chronic heart condition;
• chronic kidney disease;
• lowered immunity due to disease or treatment such as steroids or cancer therapy;
• any other serious medical condition – check with your doctor if you are unsure.
• Children who have previously been admitted to hospital with chest infection.
• Anyone living in a residential or nursing home because flu can be spread rapidly.
Two additional 'at-risk’ categories have been included this year:
- people with chronic liver disease; and
- those who are the main carers for elderly or disabled persons whose welfare may be at risk if the carer falls ill.
The annual Keep Well This Winter campaign, which I launched in North Wales and John Griffiths launched in South Wales, aims to increase the uptake of flu vaccine among the 65 and over age group as a key objective. This is the sixth year of the campaign and the uptake of flu vaccination among its target groups has increased substantially over this period.
Every indication is that the up-take rate amongst the at-risk groups is higher this year. The high demand appears to be largely due to the fears stoked by media reports on avian and pandemic flu, even though the seasonal flu vaccine is not effective against either. The addition of the two new at-risk categories does not therefore appear to be a factor in the higher than usual demand. Due to this unusually high demand, some GPs have reported shortages .
Supplies of the annual seasonal flu vaccine are ordered by GPs direct from the manufacturer around February/March time. This would have been before any surge in demand created by fears surrounding avian flu could have been predicted. Manufacturers have confirmed that all prior orders for seasonal flu vaccine will be met but, due to world-wide demand, any new or additional orders are unlikely to be accepted.
GPs have been asked by the Welsh Assembly Government to ensure that all vaccine is prioritised for the immunisation of the over 65s and the other at-risks groups detailed above. GPs have been advised that those who have surplus stocks of vaccine available should contact their supplier to arrange for this to be re-distributed to other GPs who require additional doses. Flu vaccine manufacturers have been asked to assist in this process wherever possible.
The Welsh Assembly Government has also managed to secure a small contingency stock of 17,500 doses. Local Health Boards and the National Public Health Service are helping to distribute these to those GP surgeries in most need. The Welsh Assembly Government has emphasised that these supplies are for priority at-risk patients only. Every effort is being made to secure additional supplies but international demand is such that this cannot be guaranteed.