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Policy and research

The BMA influences key stakeholders to make changes to policy that are beneficial for doctors and patients. We also support individual members by providing advice and guidance on a range of policy issues.

Public and population health

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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.

  • Climate change

    Air pollution and climate change

    You can play an important role in informing the public about taking action on climate change, and the health benefits of doing so.

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    Diet and obesity

    We campaign for measures to reduce the levels of obesity, including action targeted at improving children's diets, and increasing active travel and physical activity levels. See more on what we are doing.

NHS structure and delivery

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    Pressure points in the NHS

    With annual increases in demand for care, the NHS in England is under a growing amount of pressure and is struggling to meet targets. The BMA is undertaking regular analysis to provide an overview of how the health service is coping.

  • 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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    Accountable Care Organisations (ACOs)

    Accountable Care Organisations (ACOs) are population based models of care evolving from the NHS England Five Year Forward View plans. Find out more.

Education, training and workforce

  • Medical workforce in the UK

    The NHS employs over 1.7 million people in the UK, this includes around 183,000 doctors. We present the latest available data on the medical workforce across the UK.

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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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    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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    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.

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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.

  • 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.

Equality in healthcare

  • The medical role in solitary confinement

    Read our new ethical guidance for doctors on the use of solitary confinement within the youth justice system.

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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.

International policy

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  • 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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