BMA responds to Martha's rule roll out

Media release from the BMA

Location: England
Published: Monday 27 May 2024
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Responding to the NHS announcement that Martha's rule will be rolled out to 143 hospitals, Dr Vishal Sharma, chair of the BMA consultants committee, said:

"What happened to Martha Mills was tragic and we fully support the principle that there should be clear escalation processes in place to support patients who become unwell. The concerns of patients and their families must be listened to and responded to.

"However, the biggest issue impacting patient care is the chronic lack of funding and worsening conditions that have resulted in severe staff shortages across the NHS. The impact of important initiatives such as this will be impeded by the recruitment freezes and staff reductions that hospitals are being forced into. The workforce crisis must be addressed so hospitals can employ the doctors and staff they need, and the NHS can deliver the high quality of care that patients deserve.”

Notes to editors

The BMA is a professional association and trade union representing and negotiating on behalf of all doctors in the UK. A leading voice advocating for outstanding health care and a healthy population. An association providing members with excellent individual services and support throughout their lives.

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