Welsh Assembly missing trick

Conservative members of the Welsh Assembly have criticised the Assembly for not using pharmacies to ease GP burden.  With 20% of the population obese only 2% offer weight management services and none offer cholesterol testing.  According to the Conservative health spokesman, Darren Millar AM, it would also make economic sense to spread the burden, too, with £1bn budget cits facing NHS Wales.  The Assembly has responded by stating that it is committed to increasing pharmacy services and is trialling two vascular screening projects in Porthcawl and Merthyr Tydfil.  The studies include the provision of advice on healthy eating. [source:  BBC WALES]