Civil And Public Services Committee

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Civil and Public Services Committee (CPSC) report to ARM 2017

The CPSC represents doctors working for bodies including:

  • Public Health England
  • The Medical Research Council
  • The Department for Work and Pensions
  • The Department of Health
  • Atos Healthcare
  • The Driver and Licensing Agency
  • The National Institute for Health Research
  • UK Visas and Immigration


Come meet us at the ARM

Following the success of last year's networking session, we will be joining forces with the forensic medicine committee for this year's meet and greet. Details of where and when will be listed in your packs so please come and join us!


DVLA – assessment nurses and appraisals

For some time we have been seeking talks with senior management in the DVLA to address concerns our colleagues have regarding the assessment of the medical fitness of drivers by non-medical personnel. The DVLA has now started to employ nurses to review complicated cases.

We have had ongoing discussions with the DVLA regarding the appraisal process for doctors that they employ. Currently the DVLA does not give doctors the time or resources to prepare for their appraisal. We hope to reach an understanding with the DVLA where it allocates the appropriate time and resources that doctors need.


Visibility and representation of the committee

The committee has recently started looking into becoming more visible to the members that it represents, and within the BMA. The committee will no longer represent IRC (immigration removal centre) doctors due to the reforms of the FMC (forensic medicine committee), which, pending the approval of the Representative Body, will become the FSEC (forensic and secure environments committee). Due to this two members of the committee, including the chair, will be transitioning to the FSEC at the end of the 2017-18 session.


MEC (medical ethics committee) report on health and human rights in immigration detention centres

The committee has contributed to the MEC report which is part of the BMA's ongoing work promoting fundamental rights in the context of healthcare, and in advocating for vulnerable groups facing infringements of those rights. The report focuses on issues specific to those detained in IRCs. For doctors working in these settings it will support them in meeting their professional and ethical obligations. It will also make recommendations aimed at government, policy-makers and centre management that will address elements of the detention estate which are detrimental to health.


Get involved

Are you employed by the Government, one of its departments or agencies? Are you interested in representing your colleagues on a national BMA committee?

Nominate yourself for one of the committee seats and help steer UK and national policy on the issues that affect you and your colleagues. If you're interested but not ready to nominate yourself, why not join our visitors' scheme?


Alan Mitchell
May 2017