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    No deal would be 'catastrophic'

    16 August 2018

    Leaving the EU without a deal could have ‘catastrophic’ consequences for patients and the NHS, the BMA has warned.

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    Call to rethink pension tax rules

    15 August 2018

    Doctors have called on the Treasury to rethink the taxation rules around pensions, which are encouraging GPs and consultants to cut their hours, retire early or leave the scheme entirely.

  • Bawa-Garba's removal from Medical Register overturned

    13 August 2018

    A legal judgment overturning the decision to remove Hadiza Bawa-Garba from the Medical Register has been welcomed by the BMA.

Latest blogs

  • It’s not OK – barriers to women in accessing healthcare

    It’s not OK – barriers to women in accessing healthcare

    I could hear the screaming from my outpatient clinic room. As I went outside the clinic staff looked disapprovingly at the frustrated toddler and his exhausted mum. And as I helped push the buggy and steer her older child through the door I could see things were not good.

  • Where are the chinks in your armour?

    Where are the chinks in your armour?

    One of the things everyone is afraid of, on starting medical school, is how they will deal with the horrors of the job. Will the sights and smells of the dissecting room make you sick? Will you faint in theatre?

  • We can’t build a modern health service on crumbling foundations

    We can’t build a modern health service on crumbling foundations

    We often talk about general practice being the foundation on which the NHS is built. But what happens when the literal foundations – the bricks and mortar of practice buildings themselves – show signs of cracking?

Employment advice and support

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    Supporting you at work

    Trust our in-depth knowledge to help you with your employment related issues. Visit our Employment advice and support section.

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    Locum GP handbook

    The BMA Locum GP handbook is a guide for Locum GPs and for practices engaging the services of a locum GP. Essential reading and exclusive to BMA members, this handbook covers all aspects of work and business practice.

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    Salaried GP handbook

    The salaried GP handbook is a valuable resource for salaried GPs and GP employers, covering everything from legal entitlements to maternity leave, redundancy and employment protection.

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    Support with CHP and NHS PS issues

    Guidance for practices in NHS Property Service or Community Health Partnership buildings that are experiencing significant increases in service charges.

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    Female genital mutilation

    Female genital mutilation is considered a form of child abuse and is a criminal offence in the UK. Our guidance looks at doctors' role in preventing and eradicating the practice.

  • Junior doctors - Take control

    BMA Northern Ireland is encouraging junior doctors to understand their workplace rights and entitlements. Read our handy six-point guide to knowing your rights.

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    Anti-radicalisation strategy

    Concerned about your duties in relation to confidentiality under the Government’s anti-radicalisation strategy? Read our guidance.

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    Taking and using visual and audio recordings of patients

    Use our guide to find out how to deal with video and audio recordings of patients, including storing, using and disposing of them.

  • General data protection regulation (GDPR)

    The GDPR will apply from 25 May this year. Take steps to ensure that your practice is compliant.

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    Fatigue and facilities charter

    Simple steps that can be taken to improve facilities and reduce fatigue, so you can safely and effectively care for your patients. 

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    Introduction to revalidation

    The basics of revalidation, including what it is and time and cost involved for doctors

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    Contract checking service

    BMA members: get your contract checked by our experts and receive it back within 5 working days using our freepost address.

Career advice and support

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    Supporting your career

    Whatever your career stage, we can help you along with the BMJ and the BMA Library. Visit our Career advice and support section.

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    Communication skills

    Good communication skills are an essential component of the doctor-patient relationship. Find out about courses, events and resources available to help you in this area.

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    Learning and development

    From CPD approved workshops to careers coaching - we're here to help you keep learning.

  • Medical CVs

    We're here to help you get your CV in top shape, no matter what stage you are in your career.

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    Working abroad

    Whether you're staying close by or thinking about further afield, this guidance will help you get started on the steps you need to take to work abroad.

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    Joining the armed forces reserves

    We answer common questions about joining the armed forces reserves as part of your medical career.

Work-life support

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    Supporting your work-life balance

    Get help with balancing the stresses of work and demands on your life. Visit our Work-life support section.

  • Your wellbeing

    BMA Counselling and Doctor Advisor service

    Problems can take hold of us at anytime. Our confidential BMA Counselling is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Talk to someone in confidence.

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    Your wellbeing

    Problems can take hold of us at anytime, and can often feel difficult to manage on our own. We have a range of services to support and advise you through difficult times and coping with stress.

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    Personal and commercial insurance

    Lloyd & Whyte offer both personal and commercial insurance packages to support you throughout your personal and working life as a doctor.

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    Expert tax advice

    As a busy doctor, keeping ahead of the latest tax developments and dealing with tax matters can be time-consuming and challenging. Our tax experts Ernst and Young can help.

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    Your finances and protection

    Let us support you in your professional and personal life with our range of services dedicated to helping make your life easier.

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    Working parents

    Whether you're thinking of having a baby, already expecting or going back to work as a parent, read our advice on contracts, leave options and pay.

  • Life and work in the UK

    A new start in a new country can be a challenge. Whether you are working as a trainee or a doctor, we have guidance to support the transition to living and working in the UK.

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    Staying safe online

    In light of the "WannaCry" ransomware cyber attack, here are some tips for members on how to be safe online.

Collective voice

  • 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.

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    General Practitioners Committee (GPC)

    Details of the GPC including its members, priorities and contract negotiation updates.

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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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    BMA position on NHS funding

    On 18 June the government announced plans for a long-term plan for the NHS including an increase in funding. We discuss whether this funding is enough and how it should be spent.

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    BMA response to Sir Norman Williams Review

    Read our response to the rapid policy review into the issues pertaining to Gross Negligence Manslaughter (GNM), commissioned by Health and Social Care secretary Jeremy Hunt in the aftermath of the Dr Bawa-Garba ruling.

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    Women's health

    The following papers explore in detail some of the major unmet needs in women's health, with recommendations for both policy-makers and healthcare practitioners.

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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.

  • Annual pay review from the DDRB

    Each year, we submit evidence to the DDRB, on matters relating to pay, recruitment, morale and motivation for doctors' across the UK. See the key points from our submission to the 2018/2019 DDRB pay review.

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    European brief - July 2018

    This month's highlights include updates on Brexit, alcohol policy and MEPs adopt report on antimicrobial resistance.

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    UK junior doctors conference

    Find out more about what happened at this years' junior doctor conference.

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    NHS 70

    The NHS is turning 70 on 4 July 2018. Find out about initiatives taking place at BMA and around the country to help celebrate.

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    Prescribed drug dependence

    How can medical professionals best support individuals affected by prescribed drugs associated with dependence and withdrawal? Read our review.

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