News in brief 04.01.05

Mental Health Alliance Rally – register now!

The Mental Health Alliance is holding a rally on 31 January 2005 opposing key measures in the latest Draft Mental Health Bill.

The rally will take place from 2pm-5.30pm at the Horticultural Hall, Vincent Square, London. Admission is free. This rally is open to all grass-roots supporters of the Mental Health Alliance: service users, carers, concerned professionals and anyone else who wants to contribute to the debate and show their support for the campaign.

To register a place contact Anna Bird:


Address: Mental Health Alliance Co-ordinator, c/o Mind 15-19 Broadway, London, E15 4BQ

Remember to state your name, address and a contact telephone number, the number of places you would like to reserve and any special requirements you might have.

For more information on the rally visit:

Re-organisation of care services in Wales?

Councillor Meryl Gravell, the lead member for social services in the Welsh Local Government Association, has announced proposed changes to the delivery of care services in Wales.

“Wales’s councils cannot continue as they have done in the past,” said Gravell.

“We are already moving from an era where services were delivered in isolation and best practice was rarely shared within or between councils.

“We want to work closer with neighbouring authorities, the private and voluntary sectors, and share good practice and officers. If one council has expertise in a certain area such as special needs or legal support for children’s workers we should use that rather than having it in all 22 councils.”

Gravell made the announcement at a summit in Cardiff last month that coincided with the annual report of the chief inspector for social services in Wales, Graham Williams. In the report, Williams was critical of the quality of care services in Wales. To read the report, visit:

New Year’s Honours Announced

A number of people in the health and social care field in Wales have been honoured in the New Year Honours List for 2005. These include:

Dr Michael Shooter CBE
Consultant Child Psychiatrist, from near Abergavenny, Monmouthshire, for services to the NHS in Wales.

David Edwards OBE
Lately Chief Executive, Cardiff and Vale NHS Trust, for services to the NHS.

Hugh Gardner OBE
Director of Social Services and Housing, City and County of Swansea, for services to social care.

Dr John Hedley CULE MBE
From Llandysul, Ceredigion, for services to mental health care in West Wales.

Congratulations to you all!