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Public and population health

  • E-cigarettes

    The BMA Board of science have published a position paper on the regulation of e-cigarettes – aiming to balance the risks and opportunities associated with the use of these devices.

  • Alcohol

    Our work on this issue has most recently focused on price, availability, marketing, public education and better funding for how alcohol is managed. Read about what we are doing.

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    Prescribed drug dependence

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

NHS structure and delivery

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    State of the health system - Beds in the NHS

    Pressures on NHS hospital beds are well documented. Data on how beds are used within the NHS can provide insight into the healthcare system. This paper presents NHS bed data from across the UK in one place.

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    NHS pressures – future trends

    BMA analysis reveals key NHS performance indicators are projected to deteriorate over the next three years.

  • Footprint

    Sustainability and transformation plans (STPs)

    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.

Education, training and workforce

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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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    Changing face of medicine

    Find out how social and technological changes might affect doctors' sense of vocation, professional values and the doctor-patient relationship in the future.

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    Promoting dignity at work

    Bullying and harassment are rife within the NHS according to latest research findings. Read more about the issues and our efforts to promote dignity at work.

Ethics

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    Organ donation

    Find out more about the BMA's 18 year campaign for a 'soft' opt-out system for organ donation in the UK.

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    Marketization of the NHS

    There has been considerable research into the effectiveness of markets in the English NHS, though the ethical and professional implications of a more commercially-oriented practice require further discussion.

  • End-of-life care and physician-assisted dying

    Doctors and patients were invited to take part in a major BMA research project examining end-of-life care and physician-assisted dying - read our report and recommendations.

International policy

Equality in healthcare

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    Healthcare for vulnerable groups

    Read our recommendations following a series of seminars looking at a range of issues faced by vulnerable groups, including our report on the role of healthcare professionals in identifying and responding to domestic abuse.

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    Young lives behind bars

    Despite their high level of need, children in custody are all too often overlooked or let down by health and social care services. Read our report and recommendations.

  • Domestic abuse report

    We aim to lead the way in encouraging all health professionals in all disciplines to raise awareness of domestic abuse.

Join us

  • Employment advice

    Experience the benefits a BMA membership offers with specialist advice on issues such as contracts, pay and discrimination.

  • Career development

    Get the support you need to progress in your career from an organisation that understands your unique needs and the daily challenges you face.

  • Work-life support

    Gain access to resources, advice and support to help you get peace of mind and rest assured that help is at hand whenever you need it.

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BMJ Research

Read the latest research papers and findings from our partner the BMJ

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