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Public and population health

  • 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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    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.

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    Food for thought

    The 'Food for thought' report sets out the measures needed to help promote healthier diets among children and young people - read our recommendations.

NHS structure and delivery

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    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.

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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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    Effective use of NHS funding

    Find out the facts about NHS funding, read about successful initiatives that have sought to use money in the most effective way and learn how to successfully influence for change.

Education, training and workforce

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    Sessional GP survey

    Are you a sessional GP? Take our survey and help us to better represent you. The survey should take no longer than 15 minutes to complete and is open to all sessional GPs.

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    EU doctors survey

    More than four in 10 doctors at work in the UK are considering leaving following the EU referendum result, according to a new BMA survey. Read more about the survey and the issues.

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    Physician associates in the UK

    Useful information about the role of PAs and the concerns that have been raised about them, and how the BMA will be influencing PA roles and how they are introduced into the service.

Ethics

  • Secondary uses of data

    We recently carried out a review of the way data are currently used for secondary purposes involving a consultation with members and the public - explore the challenges of using health data.

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    Organ donation

    The BMA has long advocated a 'soft' opt-out system with safeguards for organ donation, as we believe this is the best option to reduce the shortage of organs. Read more on our position.

  • 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.

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

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