The Chronic Conditions Management Sub-Group meets today in the Welsh Assembly Government buildings in Cardiff and, as I am a member, I will be attending.  This is an unusual group as it concentrates solely on how people (patients) manage their chronic condition.  Because of this service users have a high profile and the views of end users is continually sought by clinicians, researchers and politicians.

It seems the recession has reached the heart of Welsh government because the civil servant who showed us to the meeting room informed us that due to cutbacks no tea or coffee was available but that she “will fetch some water”.  The meeting was scheduled to finish at 1.30 but no lunch was provided….. bring on the economic recovery!