With the NHS in a perilous state there has never been a more important time for doctors across the profession and in each nation of the UK to come together to develop a positive vision for what a caring, supportive and collaborative health and care system should look like.
The crisis that faces the NHS is evident to doctors, politicians and the public. We know that the public care deeply about the NHS and our patients really value the work we do. Yet the day-to-day reality for our members is one of working in a system under pressure, of working in a culture of blame, fear and bullying and harassment, and of working in a system wilfully underfunded by politicians.
"The challenge is how we find the solutions to the problems facing the NHS. As the only organisation to represent all doctors working across all sectors of the UK the BMA is uniquely placed to help meet this challenge."
The facts speak for themselves - waiting times, bed occupancy rates, A&E attendances have all risen. Underfunding has left the NHS with a £10bn shortfall compared to other leading EU countries. We have a divided and fragmented service between primary care and secondary care, between GPs and community care and in some cases between different hospitals.
But behind this are real people left suffering, waiting in pain or with untreated symptoms, as well as overworked doctors feeling demoralised because they can't provide the care that patients need.
The challenge is how we find the solutions to the problems facing the NHS. As the only organisation to represent all doctors working across all sectors of the UK the BMA is uniquely placed to help meet this challenge. That is why we have launched 'Caring, supportive, collaborative: a future vision for the NHS'. This project aims to be an honest conversation with our profession about the sort of NHS doctors want to work in.
An NHS that has a culture that supports and encourages learning and improvement - not one which is rooted in blame.
An NHS based on working collaboratively across the interface between primary and secondary care as one profession.
An NHS that is free from market forces so that taxpayers' money is spent on delivering patient care, not squandered on transaction costs, fragmentation and bureaucracy.
And an NHS which values its workforce and supports doctors to be able to work safely at the top of their licence.
Dr Chaand Nagpaul, BMA council chair
As part of the Caring, supportive, collaborative project, we are running a series of local engagement events with BMA members. These events provide an opportunity for doctors working across the country to engage in open conversations, contributing their views and experience to the project.
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All member survey
On 3 May 2018, we launched a survey inviting members to help shape our future vision of the NHS. Just under 8,000 members completed this comprehensive survey.
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