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BMA seeks doctors' views to improve NHS culture

The BMA wants doctors' views about its new resources that show how the NHS can begin to change its culture.

help wantedThe work is part of a BMA project in response to the Francis inquiry into failings in care at the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust, which called for a change in NHS culture.

As part of its ongoing project, the BMA has published the first of two discussion papers — about doctors’ professionalism and raising concerns — as it explores the reasons why a negative culture has developed in parts of the NHS and how it can be turned around.

BMA council chair Mark Porter said failures at Mid Staffordshire brought into ‘sharp focus’, the need to reassess the leadership role played by doctors.

Dr Porter said: ‘Many of our members are working in a climate of fear, where they don’t feel confident raising concerns for fear of reprisal.

‘Professionalism is central to the doctor-patient relationship and yet our doctors feel that political pressure to prioritise financial targets has weakened their position as clinical leaders.

'For the medical profession to truly lead a change in NHS culture, we need all doctors to help us shape our vision for the future. We encourage doctors to read our resources and let us know of their views.'

Read more and email your views, thoughts and comments to the BMA.