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  • World Sleep Day 2020

    Today is World Sleep Day, an event which gives us the perfect opportunity to take a step back and see how far we have come as a profession with regards to understanding of fatigue, and the implications it has for us and our patients. Just a few years ago these issues were fringe considerations at best but following the hard work of some key individuals, a growing movement within medical organisations and an increasing...
  • Improving rest facilities for junior doctors – how to spend the Fatigue & Facilities Charter funding

    • 13 Mar 2020
    Calling all junior doctor reps in England! By now you should be aware of the BMA Fatigue and Facilities charter which outlines simple steps that can be taken to improve facilities and reduce fatigue, so junior doctors can safely, effectively and efficiently care for patients. Following lobbying by the BMA, the Government invested £10 million for upgrading or installing rest areas or other facilities in accordance...
  • Will the 2020 Spring budget bring an end to the pension tax crisis?

    We are rapidly approaching the budget and for many doctors this may be the most important one for some time. After nearly two years of campaigning, will the Government finally announce an end to the perverse pension taxation rules? The BMA believe that the best and most cost-effective solution is to scrap the annual allowance in public sector defined benefit schemes. This is because it is unsuitable for defined benefit...
  • Leading by example: improving access to enhanced shared parental leave

    Most people expecting a baby look forward to painting the nursery, picking out a pram and beginning to wind down for a period of leave, which should be spent bonding with your newborn at coffee mornings and stay-and-plays. GP trainee Lynn Hryhorskyj and her husband, neurology registrar Mike Kemp, had all of this to look forward to. But their journey turned out to be very different. Instead of sitting at home receiving...
  • Organising a Clinical Excellence Awards round

    • 5 Mar 2020
    There have been many reports of trusts struggling to spend the contractually-determined money allocated to the new local CEAs (Clinical Excellence Awards). The funding of local CEAs is agreed nationally and must be spent in a year, on awards for consultant medical staff, unless the LNC agrees otherwise. This means that EBACs (Employer Based Awards Committees) may need to increase the value of an award to ensure all the...