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We undertake research and produce recommendations on a variety of public and population health issues. See what we are working on.
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.
Doctors have expressed concern over the increasing use of analgesics for the management of chronic pain and the lack of access to adequate pain relief at the end of life.
Antimicrobial resistance is a natural phenomenon accelerated by the overuse and misuse of antimicrobials in medicine, and can be exacerbated by poor infection control practices.
The BMA has a longstanding interest in child health and the impact of social inequalities on health outcomes for children and young people - see our publications and policies.
Doctors have expressed concern about declining coverage rates for childhood vaccinations in some areas of the UK.
You can play an important role in informing the public about taking action on climate change, and the health benefits of doing so.
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.
The cost of this inequality is substantial, both in years of life lost and costs to the economy. It is also a significant challenge to healthcare. See our work on health inequalities in the UK.
By 2040 nearly one in four people will be aged 65 or over. We seek to support the ability and opportunity for people to play an active role in society and shape their own lives as they grow older.
Doctors are concerned about the use of illegal drugs, which is a widespread problem throughout the UK. The BMA believes in prioritising treatment and support.
Doctors have repeatedly raised concern about the state of mental health services and the need to improve the outcomes for their patients. Read our briefing papers.
How can medical professionals best support individuals affected by prescribed drugs associated with dependence and withdrawal? Read our review.