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Improving and protecting health

Current issues

Secondary uses of data
Patient data can be used for activities such as conducting medical research and managing health services. These are called secondary uses of data. Read about our review findings on the way data is currently used.
Our vision for for secondary uses of health data

End-of-life care and physician-assisted dying
We have published the findings of a major project to examine both the public and medical professionals' attitudes on aspects of end-of-life care and physician-assisted dying.
Watch the video and have your say

Fair medical trade
Surgical instruments used in the NHS, are made in terrible working conditions in developing countries like Pakistan, by children as young as seven. You can help stop this.
Find out more about fair trade

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Soft opt-out organ donation

organ donationThe BMA is calling for:

  • Increased public campaigning to promote organ donation
  • A 'soft' opt-out system for organ donation

We have long advocated a 'soft' opt-out system with safeguards for organ donation and continues to believe this is the best option for the UK to reduce the shortage of organs.

Read more about our work on organ donation

Clinical trials

pillsMPs have called on the Department of Health to ensure that full clinical trials data are made available for all treatments prescribed in the UK.

The BMA has backed the call, made in a report published in January 2014 by the Commons committee of public accounts.

Read more on the MPs' report
Read more about our work on clinical trials

Drugs of dependence

Role of medical professionals

Drugs of dependence: The role of medical professionals

In our report Drugs of dependence: the role of the medical profession, we seek to open and refocus the debate on drug treatment and drug policy through the eyes of the medical profession.

Download the report

BMA successes

Use our interactive presentation to see how we helped to tackle:

Get involved with the Board of Science

Find out what the Board of Science does