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    ​Report into sexism at the BMA published

    17 October 2019

    The BMA has apologised after publishing an independent report into sexism in the association and has made a commitment to reform

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    Trust holds up requests for rota records

    15 October 2019

    The BMA has demanded answers from a hospital trust after it suggested it would put requests for rota-monitoring information from doctors ‘on hold’

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    Help support colleagues in need

    11 October 2019

    Doctors who want to support the health service by caring for colleagues in need, are being urged to sign up to the BMA’s peer support service.

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    Working and studying in the UK

    Our guidance provides you with an overview of the sequence of steps you will need to take to study or work as a doctor in the UK. Find out more.

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    Get an inside look at the medical specialties and career choices available to you.

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    Are you up to date on the latest developments on the new junior doctor contract? Find out what's new and get the support you need.

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    Understanding the Consultant contract

    Consultants - we can help you get the best out of your contract. Find key information to support you, and ensure you get a fair deal from your employer.

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    We are committed to improving the health of people in the UK and across Europe. Find out more about our key priorities and work in the EU.

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    Latest news from GPC UK

    The latest news, guidance and current issues for general practice from the general practitioners committee (GPC).

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    Pressure points in the NHS

    With annual increases in demand for care, the NHS in England is under a growing amount of pressure and is struggling to meet targets. The BMA is undertaking regular analysis to provide an overview of how the health service is coping.

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    Get the latest on STPs (sustainability and transformation plans) and find out how they affect you at a local level. Look at our analysis on funding, read our FAQs on how to get more involved, and check the deficit map.

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    Workload and wellbeing quarterly survey

    We keep track of doctors' workload and wellbeing with the BMA quarterly survey of about 3,000 doctors from across the profession.

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    You can play an important role in informing the public about taking action on climate change, and the health benefits of doing so.

  • Caring, supportive, collaborative: a future vision for the NHS

    'Caring, supportive, collaborative: a future vision for the NHS' is a project which aims to be an honest conversation with our profession about the sort of NHS doctors want to work in. Find out more.

  • NHS funding

    We are engaged with the government over a number of funding issues effecting the NHS. Read a summary of our work.

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    NHS e-Referral Service: a guide for secondary care doctors

    A short guide on the NHS e-Referral Service for secondary care doctors.

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