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BMA board of science chair Professor Dame Parveen Kumar, said: “With appropriate regulation, e-cigarettes can make an important contribution to delivering the BMA’s ambition of a tobacco-free society which will substantially reduce mortality from tobacco-related disease.”
28 December 2018
A new investigation¹ carried out by the BMA has discovered that private consultancy firms have been paid at least £26m by the NHS as part of plans to reorganise the health service
17 December 2018
NIGPC chair Alan Stout welcomes investment that will allow GP surgeries to offer additional urgent appointments for patients over the Christmas and New Year period.
14 December 2018
Dr Richard Vautrey, BMA GP committee, said: "The work required to process records or produce reports is not part of the NHS contract, which means doctors and their teams are now having to cope with this growing workload at the expense of other important activities"
Dr Helen Fidler, BMA consultants committee deputy chair, said: "Every year doctors are clear in their warnings about what to expect from winter, yet we see no progress"
13 December 2018
BMA Scotland chair warns that health inequalities remain a persistent and substantial problem that simply cannot be ignored.
12 December 2018
The guidance, endorsed by the General Medical Council, follows a number of legal developments and aims to ensure the law is followed correctly and to give practical advice to health professionals about how to make these difficult decisions, based on what is in the best interests of the individual patient.
Dr Richard Vautrey, BMA GP committee chair, said: “Just weeks ago, it was revealed that almost 48,000 women had not received important correspondence relating to cervical screening this year due to Capita’s incompetence, and this latest revelation shows this was not an isolated failure."
BMA GP committee chair, Dr Richard Vautrey, responds to the letters from Department of Health and Social Care on preparations in the event of a no-deal Brexit with disruption to medicine supply chains likely to last for six months.
07 December 2018
Dr Terry John, BMA international committee chair, said: “Around 10 per cent of doctors working in the NHS in the UK are from the EU, caring for patients and making a valuable contribution to the health service at a time when there are staff shortages in many areas."
06 December 2018
BMA mental health policy lead, Dr Andrew Molodynski, responds to the independent review of the Mental Health Act which recognises the importance of improving the patient experience and modernising legislation
New BMA analysis suggests hospital emergency care departments in England are on course for their worst winter on record and that up to 10,000 additional hospital beds will be needed for patients to be cared for safely.
BMA council chair, Dr Chaand Nagpaul, responds to the General Medical Council report ‘State of Medical Education and Practice 2018’.
05 December 2018
04 December 2018
BMA NI welcomes the extension of the MDT project into surgeries in west Belfast
03 December 2018
BMA GP committee chair, Dr Richard Vautrey, responds to latest survey from the Royal College of GPs which highlights the extent of pressures on general practice and the need to reduce GP workload
02 December 2018
Dr Jeeves Wijesuriya, BMA junior doctors committee chair, said: "Burnout affects so much more than quality of training, and as this report notes, heavy workloads can have patient safety implications"
30 November 2018
BMA Northern Ireland junior doctor committee chair Dr Stephen McAleer comments on the GMC training experiences report
A substantial majority of doctors in Scotland feel that patient care is being given lower priority in Scotland’s NHS than both finances and national targets, a major BMA survey has found.
28 November 2018
Dr Richard Vautrey, BMA GP committee chair, said: "While we appreciate the pressures that many commissioners find themselves under, they should be encouraging this process, rather than frustrating it, so that all patients who need a referral for further investigation get one"
27 November 2018