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Northern Ireland Assembly consultation responses

We respond to a wide range of consultations on behalf of members. Most of the consultations relate to proposed changes in public policy and legislation that affects our healthcare system, or that affect the medical profession in Northern Ireland. You can download our most recent responses below.

 

Smoking in Cars

Summary of the consultation response:

BMA Northern Ireland has a goal for a tobacco free society based on:

  • policy and legislative changes;
  • education and information;
  • smoking cessation; and
  • tobacco industry accountability.

We recommend the inclusion of two clauses in the proposed regulations:

1. Prohibit smoking in private vehicles carrying children under the age of 18.
2. Consideration should be given to extending banning smoking in all private motor vehicles regardless of the age of the driver and passengers

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Draft programme for government framework 2016-21 (July 2016)

Summary of consultation response:

  • A robust evidence base for the proposed outcomes based framework needs to be established and critiqued to ensure that it is fit for purpose.
  • The government must tackle the drivers of poor health by making health improvement an objective in all policy areas, in recognition that it is fundamental to a prosperous and sustainable society.
  • Social and economic prosperity for people in Northern Ireland will require much broader thinking and action than is evident in the draft PfG.
  • Public health input must be put onto a statutory footing and consideration given to the introduction of health impact assessments of all Government policies.
  • An additional indicator should be added to capture the structural and systematic factors that enables us to show how this impacts the on health outcomes of the population of Northern Ireland.
  • The draft PfG does not make clear how the outcomes, indicators and measure link to tackle the issues raised.

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Proposed health and social care structural reform (February 2016)

Summary of consultation response:

  • BMA Northern Ireland believes that clinical leadership is fundamental to how health and social care is designed and delivered and we reiterate our call for doctors to be meaningfully involved in service development and leadership.
  • Results from the political summit and the expert panel must also be considered and included in any proposed change to structure and accountability arrangements.
  • BMA Northern Ireland urges our politicians to listen to, and engage with, doctors working on the front line of health and social care. Only then will we secure the health and social care system that is fit for purpose for the 21st Century.

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Helicopter emergency service (HEMS) consultation (January 2016)

Summary of consultation response:

  • BMA Northern Ireland fully supports the establishment of a HEMS linked into the Northern Ireland Trauma Network.
  • HEMS should use existing frameworks such as the Association of Air Ambulances.
  • HEMS in Northern Ireland should be funded directly by the government to ensure sustainability of the service.
  • It should be a doctor-paramedic model, to enable a rapid clinical response.

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Human Transplantation Bill (December 2015)

Summary of consultation response:

  • BMA Northern Ireland supports the introduction of an opt-out system for organ donation where people would have the right to opt-out and choose not to donate their organs.
  • Safeguards should form part of the Bill to ensure that the family is always consulted and asked about any unregistered objection to ensure that the deceased individual’s wishes are respected.
  • BMA Northern Ireland believes there should be a well-resourced, consistent and persistent publicity campaign to enable a more informed public debate.
  • BMA Northern Ireland is concerned that the Bill includes transplantation from living donors; it should apply only to removing ‘from the body of a deceased person’.

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Consultation on evaluation of the individual funding request process (May 2015)

Summary of consultation response:

  • BMA Northern Ireland is deeply concerned by the proposal which we believe suggests that the cost of funding individual requests should be borne by others who are also ill and in need of medication.
  • BMA Northern Ireland is opposed to the re-introduction of prescription charges.
  • BMA Northern Ireland supports the recommendation of removing the 95% reference for exceptionality.
  • BMA Northern Ireland supports the establishment of a regional scrutiny committee as this will streamline IFR applications.

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Consultation on Right Time, Right Place - The Donaldson Report (May 2015)

Summary of consultation response:

  • BMA Northern Ireland believes that the Donaldson report can be a catalyst for meaningful change. We accept that clinical leadership is fundamental to this and we reiterate our call for doctors to be meaningfully involved in service development and leadership.
  • The recommendations from the report must not be considered alongside public policy initiatives.

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