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  • Add your voice in demanding urgent pensions action

    • 19 Dec 2019
    While last week’s General Election result may have answered the question of who will be holding the keys to Number 10 as we enter 2020, it is clear that the NHS is in crisis. The latest NHS performance figures, released the day after the election or once again the worst since records began. The BMA have written to the Prime Minister to set out those areas which need the Government’s immediate focus. For...
  • NHS pension scheme remains good deal for juniors

    • 19 Dec 2019
    You will no doubt be aware of pension taxation issues and the effect of the AA (annual allowance) on senior doctors. Consultants and GPs have been facing large, unexpected tax bills and the paradoxical situation that doctors can be financially disadvantaged by doing more work. The BMA has been highlighting the dangers to our members and lobbying for pension tax reform. However, it is vital you’re aware that...
  • New GMC report highlights consultants’ unsustainable position

    Reading through the report from the GMC which was released on December 18, has been depressing, if not unsurprising. The majority of themes particularly relevant to consultants are evident in our workplaces, our colleagues and ourselves. The GMC presents evidence that workplace pressures are associated with risks to patient care, doctors’ wellbeing and reduced supply of medical staff. We know this. They note...
  • Open the doors to disabilities

    • 3 Dec 2019
    Do you work with a colleague with a disability? Chances are you do, although there is also a good chance that you don’t know about it. I have had a disability myself practically all my adult life, and I know of many colleagues who are disabled but are hesitant to declare their disability. Unfortunately, because of the stigma attached to it, many of us suffer in silence instead of seeking support. One in five...
  • Menopause matters

    There aren’t many taboos left in the workplace but discussing the menopause with NHS colleagues or line managers might just be one of them. And as it’s a normal physiological process, why not just wait for the symptoms to pass? Well, this may be possible for some, but for others the symptoms can be significant and distressing. Simple changes like providing more flexibility in working hours could make a...