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Retired Members Forum policies

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Policy group: Retired Members Forum, 2012
(Source: Conference)
That this Meeting considers that retired members have time, experience and skills to offer independent mentoring to medical students and asks the BMA to facilitate this.
Keyword(s): Medical students, Mentoring, Retired members

Policy group: Retired Members Forum, 2012
(Source: Conference)
That this Meeting requests the General Medical Council, in collaboration with the BMA, clarify the arrangements for providing Responsible Officers for retired members who work independently.
Keyword(s): BMA, General Medical Council, Retired members

Policy group: Retired Members Forum, 2012
(Source: Conference)
That this Meeting, remembers that, despite the passing of the Health and Social Care Bill, that BMA policy is still opposition to the Bill and retired members will need NHS services for the rest of their lives and therefore calls for the BMA:
(i) to support GPs in Clinical Commissioning Groups;
(ii) to take no action or adopt any policy which would undermine patients continued access to the existing health services which they now need;
(iii) to ensure that GPs when commissioning must reserve the right to decide whom they commission to provide services for their patients and refuse any imposition of ‘Any Qualified Provider’ (AQP);
(iv) not to agree to any contract which impose ‘commercial confidentiality’ and will present such contracts to regular public meetings for review and consultation.
Keyword(s): Commissioning, Commissioning Care Groups, Confidentiality clauses, Contracts, General practitioners, NHS reform, Providers of medical services

Policy group: Retired Members Forum, 2012
(Source: Conference)
That this Meeting insists that the BMA actively promotes person and people centred healthcare by affirming the whole person of the patient be at the centre and goal of clinical care and health promotion at both individual and community levels.
Keyword(s): Health promotion

Policy group: Retired Members Forum, 2012
(Source: Conference)
That this Meeting tries to seek whether newly qualified doctors and medics may be interested in meeting retired doctors in their area who are prepared to act as mentors / advisers.
Keyword(s): Mentoring

Policy group: Retired Members Forum, 2012
(Source: Conference)
That this Meeting asks the BMA to investigate the grounds for setting up of a doctors' house swap website to facilitate free house swaps between medical members of the BMA to enhance the lives of retired members and members in active medical practice.
Keyword(s): Accommodation

Policy group: Retired Members Forum, 2012
(Source: Conference)
That this Meeting supports the philosophy of the department of health: ‘no decision about me without me’ and that the BMA demands that:
(i) all possible measures should be taken to improve choice at the end of life and particularly that of the location where a patient wishes to die;
(ii) there is further improvement in palliative care for all patients throughout the UK;
(iii) the BMA should adopt a neutral position on the principle of a change in the law on Assisted Dying for the mentally competent, terminally ill.
Keyword(s): Department of Health, End of life issues, Palliative care, Physician assisted suicide

Policy group: Retired Members Forum, 2012
(Source: Conference)
That this Meeting acknowledges that 33% of GPs, in a recent survey, were in favour of legalised assisted dying for themselves and this Meeting believes that:
(i) there is a strong case for providing the choice of assisted dying for terminally ill people;
(ii) good quality end of life care should be available in all settings;
(iii) Assisted Dying is a matter for society and not for the medical profession;
(iv) the BMA should adopt a neutral position on the principle of a change in the law on
Assisted Dying for the mentally competent, terminally ill adult patient;
(v) the BMA insists that there must be adequate safeguards to protect the vulnerable in the
event of any change in the law;
(vi) the Medical Ethics Committee and BMA Council, in the light of the evidence from other
jurisdictions, take steps to define what safeguards are required.
Keyword(s): End of life issues, Medical Ethics Committee, Physician assisted suicide, UK Council

Policy group: Retired Members Forum, 2012
(Source: Conference)
That this Meeting views with dismay evidence that staff in hospitals are required to deceive patients about the length of operating waiting lists to satisfy management targets and demands that the BMA asks the DH take action to prevent its occurrence.
Keyword(s): Department of Health, Waiting lists

Policy group: Retired Members Forum, 2012
(Source: Conference)
That this Meeting insists that the DH trains doctors who are members of “Clinical Commissioning Groups.
Keyword(s): Commissioning Care Groups, Department of Health

Policy group: Retired Members Forum, 2011
(Source: Conference)
That this meeting does not accept that the Medical Director of an NHS Trust should necessarily be the Responsible Officer and that Responsible Officers should be doctors who have appropriate skills relating to the doctors requiring validation.
Keyword(s): Medical directors, NHS Trusts, Revalidation

Policy group: Retired Members Forum, 2011
(Source: Conference)
That this meeting appreciates the valuable work done by retired doctors who work voluntarily (often in the Developing World) and who are required to continue paying for the GMC registration fee, membership of learned societies, and journal subscriptions in order that the service and training they provide is recognised and up- to- date and urges the Appropriate Tax authorities to allow such expenses to be included in tax allowance (against the pension) of the individual voluntary worker.
Keyword(s): Developing world, General Medical Council, Registration requirements, Tax, Voluntary organisations

Policy group: Retired Members Forum, 2011
(Source: Conference)
That this meeting is aware that members of the RMF have seen the NHS remove the great inequalities which existed in health care before 1948 and that the NHS is also of crucial importance to them as they form that part of the community which is most likely to require medical attention and asks the BMA
to demand that:
i) there is an end to further privatisation of the NHS;
ii) there should be complete transparency in the day-to-day dealings of the NHS;
iii) commercial confidentiality is stopped;
iv) if a member of the NHS were to divert any patient from the NHS to a private provider for personal profit, he/she should be prosecuted.
Keyword(s): Health inequalities, Independent sector provision, NHS care, Private funding

Policy group: Retired Members Forum, 2011
(Source: Conference)
That this meeting believes that frail elderly patients should receive specialist care of their enhanced physical needs and emotional needs when they are admitted to hospital.
Keyword(s): Elderly care, Hospital admissions

Policy group: Retired Members Forum, 2011
(Source: Conference)
That this meeting believes that the public is unaware of the dangers to the NHS posed by the Health and Social Care Bill and urges the BMA to explain to the public the consequences to the patient.
Keyword(s): NHS reform, Quality of care

Policy group: Retired Members Forum, 2011
(Source: Conference)
That this meeting insists that the BMA actively promotes person and people centred healthcare by affirming the whole person of the patient in context as the centre and goal of clinical care and health promotion at both individual and community levels.
Keyword(s): Community care, Health promotion, NHS care

Policy group: Retired Members Forum, 2011
(Source: Conference)
That this meeting recommends that the health minister has a trial of his new reforms in one region of England to discover unexpected problems before making them national. This will avoid those that occurred during the Thatcher reforms.
Keyword(s): England, NHS reform

Policy group: Retired Members Forum, 2011
(Source: Conference)
That this meeting views with dismay the destabilisation of the National Health Service which will be brought about by the speed at which this government is intending to implement the Health and Social Care Bill and demands that the BMA uses its political might to decelerate this process so that the structures within the NHS that are recognised as performing well or are essential can be maintained.
Keyword(s): NHS, NHS care, NHS reform, Political campaigns

Policy group: Retired Members Forum, 2011
(Source: Conference)
That this meeting believes that retired members should be engaged by all means possible to remain in social contact with their peers, and still-working members, without any specific responsibilities being placed upon them (unless a state of emergency has been declared).
Keyword(s): Retired members

Policy group: Retired Members Forum, 2011
(Source: Conference)
That this meeting believes that the GMC rule, that income from all sources is taken into account when calculating the annual registration fee, is unfair to those retired members with low or no medical income.
Keyword(s): General Medical Council, Registration requirements, Retired doctors

Policy group: Retired Members Forum, 2011
(Source: Conference)
That this meeting believes that doctors from primary and secondary care must combine to develop patient care pathways to maximise the efficiency and effectiveness of its delivery.
Keyword(s): care pathways, Primary care, Secondary care

Policy group: Retired Members Forum, 2011
(Source: Conference)
That this meeting believes that special experience of the NHS and private medicine as a doctor and as a patient gives retired doctors special authority to provide impartial advice on improvements in NHS patient care.
Keyword(s): NHS care, Quality of care, Retired doctors

Policy group: Retired Members Forum, 2011
(Source: Conference)
That this meeting notes and is concerned that:
i. The Royal London Homeopathic Hospital changed its name in September 2010 to "The Royal London Hospital for Integrative Medicine";
ii. The Royal London Hospital already exists, and integrates its medical services;
iii. Patients must inevitably be confused between these two institutions and misled as to the nature of services being provided;
iv. Medical practitioners will also be misled and commissioning will not be as efficient and cost effective as it should be.

This meeting therefore calls on the Royal London Homeopathic Hospital (the Chartered Body), to desist from using the style and title of "Royal London Hospital" and, if it so desires, to use a new name which will not be confused with that of an existing institution.
Keyword(s): Complementary medicine, London, NHS

Policy group: Retired Members Forum, 2011
(Source: Conference)
That this meeting welcomes the recommendation by the European Medicines Agency to increase clinical trials in the elderly and advocates that the BMA support this initiative by using its:
i. professional branches (eg. Board of Science, Ethics) to promote this issue to the public and profession;
ii. political groups (e.g. MASC, MSC, BMA Officers) to lobby government, industry, charities and research institutions to remove barriers for subjects and researchers.
Keyword(s): Board of Science, Clinical trials, Elderly care, Medical Ethics Committee, Older people and health, Research ethics

Policy group: Retired Members Forum, 2010
(Source: Conference)
That the BMA be requested to review the role of no fault compensation in light of the present changes in the law and practice including mediation.
Keyword(s): Clinical responsibilities, Medical accidents, Professional registration and regulation

Policy group: Retired Members Forum, 2010
(Source: Conference)
That the BMA should investigate the merit of producing publications specifically for the retired both for the medical profession and the general public.
Keyword(s): BMA membership services, Retired members

Policy group: Retired Members Forum, 2010
(Source: Conference)
That this Meeting calls on the Council to investigate whether there is age and gender discrimination operating in medical employment and report.
Keyword(s): Age, Employment, Gender, UK Council

Policy group: Retired Members Forum, 2010
(Source: Conference)
That this Meeting calls on the Secretary of State for Health to liaise with the surgical royal colleges to address the structuring of PG surgical training and experience in the light of the EWDT reduced time of 8K hours currently to 6K hours, which allows the issue of a Certificate of Completion of Specialist Training:
1. to maintain the standards formerly existing.
2. to ensure adequate time is available for practical hands-on surgery.
3. to ensure sufficient experience is gained in :
i) the wide range of surgical operations
ii) adequate exposure to complex surgical procedures
iii) sufficient experience of emergency surgical work.
Keyword(s): Certification of completion of training, European Working Time Directive, Medical education and training, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, Royal College of Surgeons of England, Surgical specialties

Policy group: Retired Members Forum, 2010
(Source: Conference)
That this Meeting believes that newly appointed consultants can benefit from the advice of retired consultants on controversial clinical conflicts, management issues, the teaching and training of trainees and the provision of service in the NHS.
Keyword(s): Consultants, Managers, Medical education and training, Retired doctors

Policy group: Retired Members Forum, 2010
(Source: Conference)
That this Meeting resolves that there should be a single formulary for use in the EU.
Keyword(s): Europe, Prescribing

Policy group: Retired Members Forum, 2010
(Source: Conference)
That this Meeting resolves that the BMA, with the other European Medical Associations, should ensure that there is common standards of training, qualification and specialisation for all doctors throughout the EU.
Keyword(s): Careers, Europe, Medical education and training, Specialist training

Policy group: Retired Members Forum, 2010
(Source: Conference)
That this Meeting strongly supports the BMA Pensions Committee in seeking a judicial review to eliminate the discriminatory rule which disadvantages a group of widowers and their entitlement.
Keyword(s): Age, Equal opportunities, Pensions

Policy group: Retired Members Forum, 2010
(Source: Conference)
That this Meeting believes that GMC fee levels should be based on professional income and not on worldwide investment or private income as determined by the current GMC fees regulations. The Meeting calls on the BMA to rectify this anomaly.
Keyword(s): General Medical Council, Professional fees, Professional registration and regulation

Policy group: Retired Members Forum, 2010
(Source: Conference)
That this Meeting proposes that the BMA should promote a mentoring process for trainees and colleagues.
Keyword(s): Careers, Medical education and training, Mentoring

Policy group: Retired Members Forum, 2010
(Source: Conference)
That this Meeting believes that the statutory UK regulating body for the medical profession should contain a majority of medical members and regrets that the current GMC no longer reflects the ethical conscience of the UK medical profession, which is compromising professional standards and the independence of doctors.
Keyword(s): Elections, General Medical Council, Professional registration and regulation

Policy group: Retired Members Forum, 2010
(Source: Conference)
That this Meeting notes that progress on the revalidation of all doctors is slow and insists that the BMA, recognising the value of retired members to society, makes every effort to ensure that the revalidation process is appropriate for those retired members who wish to retain a licence to practice.
Keyword(s): Professional registration and regulation, Retired doctors, Revalidation

Policy group: Retired Members Forum, 2010
(Source: Conference)
That this Meeting believes that the BMA should formulate policy regarding call commitments of doctors who are over the age of 55 years.
Keyword(s): Contracts, On-call rotas

Policy group: Retired Members Forum, 2009
(Source: Conference)
That this meeting requests Council to acquaint the broadcasting media with the widespread disability associated with the misuse of extraneous noise.
Keyword(s): Mass media, Noise pollution, Science and public health

Policy group: Retired Members Forum, 2009
(Source: Conference)
That this meeting requests the BMA to apply all the pressure that it can muster to persuade the government to suspend the requirement to purchase an annuity at age 75.
Keyword(s): Pensions, Retired doctors

Policy group: Retired Members Forum, 2009
(Source: Conference)
That this meeting, with the example set by aviation, requests Council to press for the establishment of safety protocols appropriate for all medical and surgical interventions.
Keyword(s): Clinical responsibilities, Health protection, Injury prevention, Patient safety and clinical risk, UK Council

Policy group: Retired Members Forum, 2009
(Source: Conference)
That this meeting believes that retired clinical doctors should have the same prescribing rights as current doctors working in non-clinical fields.
Keyword(s): Prescribing, Retired doctors

Policy group: Retired Members Forum, 2009
(Source: Conference)
That this meeting should discuss with the GMC, the vital need for retired doctors to be entitled to practise, but at a reduced license fee to enable them to do voluntary work in this country and abroad for humanitarian reasons and to assist in major disasters or in accidents in flights.
Keyword(s): Commercial flying, General Medical Council, Limited registration, Professional registration and regulation, Retired doctors

Policy group: Retired Members Forum, 2009
(Source: Conference)
That this meeting agrees with the report in the BMJ (Tooke Report, Dec. 2008) that ‘the role of the doctor is changing and will continue to change alongside the needs and expectations of patients’
Keyword(s): Medical education and training, Tooke Inquiry

Policy group: Retired Members Forum, 2009
(Source: Conference)
That responsibility for the training of medical students should return to being wholly that of the medical school.
Keyword(s): Medical education and training, Medical schools, Undergraduate training

Policy group: Retired Members Forum, 2009
(Source: Conference)
That this house asks the RMF to collaborate with the Medical Students' Committee and the Junior Members' Forum to identify practical ways in which retired members may be of help to the younger generation of doctors.
Keyword(s): Junior Doctors Committee, Medical Students Committee, Retired Members Forum

Policy group: Retired Members Forum, 2009
(Source: Conference)
That the Department of Health review its policy with regard to primary prevention in older asymptomatic individuals and the financial inducements pertaining thereto, recognising that many such individuals may not wish to undertake some of the procedures implicit in this policy.
Keyword(s): Department of Health, Elderly care, Primary care

Policy group: Retired Members Forum, 2009
(Source: Conference)
That this meeting urges the BMA to recognise the particular pastoral needs of members retiring on ill-health grounds
Keyword(s): Employment, Retirement, Termination through ill-health

Policy group: Retired Members Forum, 2009
(Source: Conference)
That this meeting encourages the British Medical Association to provide a list of suitably experienced doctors who, if they are acceptable, are willing to act as mentors to medical students or medical practitioners who desire such support.
Keyword(s): BMA, Medical students, Mentoring

Policy group: Retired Members Forum, 2009
(Source: Conference)
That this meeting requests the BMA to draw up a definitive list of legally permissible duties that can be undertaken by retired doctors with basic registration but no subsequent licence with special reference to charitable work and overseas medical work. The BMA Retired Members Forum does not believe that the current GMC policy is accurate, practical or necessarily compatible with current legal precedent.
Keyword(s): BMA, General Medical Council, Professional registration and regulation, Retired doctors

Policy group: Retired Members Forum, 2008
(Source: Conference)
That this Meeting recognises that retired doctors are a vital resource, for example, during medical disasters and emergencies and urges the BMA to negotiate with the DH to secure sufficient financial support for those doctors who wish to update their professional knowledge and practice annually.
Keyword(s): Environmental health, Funding, Retired doctors

Policy group: Retired Members Forum, 2008
(Source: Conference)
That funding should be provided to improve assessment and management of all patients, particularly emergency cases, with continuity of care in General Medical Practice and with hospital staffing based directly on clinical needs.
Keyword(s): Funding, Secondary care - hospitals

Policy group: Retired Members Forum, 2008
(Source: Conference)
That the BMA is opposed to discrimination on the grounds of age alone
Keyword(s): Age, Equal opportunities

Policy group: Retired Members Forum, 2008
(Source: Conference)
That Medical Schools should be encouraged to use retired doctors as a resource for mentoring medical students.
Keyword(s): Medical students, Mentoring, Retired doctors

Policy group: Retired Members Forum, 2008
(Source: Conference)
That this Meeting believes that the BMA should recommend that retired clinicians and non-clinical doctors should retain their prescribing rights except for Schedule 4 drugs. This will enable them to help in amongst other ways, any medical emergencies such as the possible expected influenza pandemic.
Keyword(s): First aid and immediate care, Flu, Prescribing, Retired doctors

Policy group: Retired Members Forum, 2008
(Source: Conference)
That this Forum exhorts retired doctors to assist in both improving and resuscitating BMA Divisions.
Keyword(s): BMA Divisions, Retired doctors

Policy group: Retired Members Forum, 2008
(Source: Conference)
That this meeting believes that medical registration should be continued on a UK basis under control of the GMC, substantially paid for by public funds. Retired doctors should continue to be registered without further fees.
Keyword(s): Full registration, General Medical Council, Professional registration and regulation

Policy group: Retired Members Forum, 2007
(Source: Conference)
That this meeting wishes the BNF to be provided free of charge to retired doctors.
Keyword(s): Retirement, Royal Pharmaceutical Society

Policy group: Retired Members Forum, 2007
(Source: Conference)
That the BMA should organise a group of retired members to work closely with the Department of Health to identify areas of possible mal-utilisation of funds, and help channel them in the fields needed most, so that the billion of pounds pumped by the government into this ailing NHS can stop its downward spiral.
Keyword(s): Funding, Retirement

Policy group: Retired Members Forum, 2007
(Source: Conference)
That the BMA should note the stringency of the publication*, of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain, which defines what retired pharmacists may and may not do and say, noting that so as to avert similar, unacceptable terms, in any forthcoming regulation of retired medical practitioners, constant vigilance and effort will be needed..
*Practising or non-practising pharmacist? Guidance for members
Keyword(s): Retirement, Royal Pharmaceutical Society

Policy group: Retired Members Forum, 2007
(Source: Conference)
That this every effort be made to publicise the role of preventative medicine and public health in the planning and evaluation of health services by influencing managers, civil servants, members of parliament and practising doctors.
Keyword(s): Science and public health

Policy group: Retired Members Forum, 2007
(Source: Conference)
That the BMA must encourage and enable retired members to volunteer their clinical services and expertise in support of international medical education and training.
Keyword(s): Mentoring, Retirement

Policy group: Retired Members Forum, 2007
(Source: Conference)
That the BMA advises all its members not to co-operate with the proposed centralising of all medical records as this seriously endangers patient confidentiality and is a breach of Article 8 of the Human Rights Act (the right to respect for privacy).
Keyword(s): Human Rights, Medical Records

Policy group: Retired Members Forum, 2007
(Source: Conference)
That this meeting foresees and deplores the potential loss of a large reservoir of medical expertise in dealing with emergency situations should revalidation become a reality in its presently proposed form.
Keyword(s): Revalidation

Policy group: Retired Members Forum, 2007
(Source: Conference)
That the GMC be requested to clarify its attitude to retired doctors wishing to continue to participate in restricted non-clinical practice and to come to arrangements to enable them to do so, which are not, nor likely to be perceived as, disproportionate and so lead to loss of valuable expertise.
Keyword(s): General Medical Council, Retirement

Policy group: Retired Members Forum, 2007
(Source: Conference)
That the BMA publish direct line telephone numbers for all its regional offices as well as the national offices on the membership card or in BMA News.
Keyword(s): BMA Regional Services in Cymru Wales, BMA Regional Services in England, BMA Regional Services in Northern Ireland, BMA Regional Services in Scotland

Policy group: Retired Members Forum, 2007
(Source: Conference)
That the BMA establish a Federation of Retired Members in collaboration with the Retired Members Committees of the Medical Royal Colleges.
Keyword(s): Academy of Medical Royal Colleges

Policy group: Retired Members Forum, 2007
(Source: Conference)
That this meeting holds that all UK medical graduates should have the opportunity for full training in the NHS in a timed defined structure which will lead to qualification as a specialist and/or GP.
Keyword(s): Postgraduate training

Policy group: Retired Members Forum, 2007
(Source: ARM)
That this Meeting believes that the experience of retired members is not used enough and that they have an important role to play in the education of junior doctors by virtue of their experience and by means of the dissemination of this experience in several ways:
(i) by emphasising the learned and caring nature of the medical profession;
(ii) through the structure of the BMA locally, either within divisions, regional fora or other means;
(iii) by establishing a database of retired members utilising their experience and expertise as well as their geographical location.
Keyword(s): BMA Divisions, Medical education and training, Retired Doctors

Policy group: Retired Members Forum, 2007
(Source: ARM)
That this Meeting believes that the BMA should recommend that retired clinicians and non-clinical Doctors should retain their prescribing rights except for Schedule 4 Drugs. This will enable them to help in general emergencies, such as the possible expected pandemic influenza.
Keyword(s): Flu, Prescribing

Policy group: Retired Members Forum, 2006
(Source: Conference)
That, following the completion of the Department of Health review, regardless of the need for re-validation, the BMA recommends that retired doctors continue to have prescribing rights, as those working doctors have, who are in non-clinical subjects
Keyword(s): Prescribing, Retired Doctors, Revalidation

Policy group: Retired Members Forum, 2006
(Source: Conference)
That this Meeting consider the two major and rapidly increasing medical problems now and in the near future are obesity and changes associated with ageing. Research in these areas is limited by lack of a career structure and support. This Forum should therefore propose that the BMA should actively encourage Clinical and Laboratory Research in these fields in collaboration with The Medical Research Council, the Wellcome Trust and other parties.
Keyword(s): Age, Obesity, Science and Public Health, Wellcome Trust

Policy group: Retired Members Forum, 2006
(Source: Conference)
That the Retired Members Forum becomes a main channel of communication and influence within wider BMA committees.
Keyword(s): Retired Members Forum

Policy group: Retired Members Forum, 2006
(Source: Conference)
That this Meeting asks the BMA to consider the use of the curriculum of the courses that currently exist for validating nurse and pharmacist prescribers to design an equivalent correspondence or internet course for retired doctors.
Keyword(s): Pharmacists, Prescribing Nurses, Retired Doctors, Revalidation

Policy group: Retired Members Forum, 2006
(Source: Conference)
That this Meeting requests the BMA to publish normal landline telephone numbers by which members can contact central and regional offices.
Keyword(s): BMA Offices

Policy group: Retired Members Forum, 2006
(Source: Conference)
That this Meeting should ask fellow members to observe the honourable tradition of treating fellow doctors and their dependants without charge and to reject the regrettable but growing habit of billing practitioners for their time and attention. When insured, the payment should be that which is covered by insurance.
Keyword(s): Treating Family or Friends

Policy group: Retired Members Forum, 2006
(Source: Conference)
That this Meeting explore an active role in dealing with people on disability benefit by helping in the assessment and rehabilitation of these individuals
Keyword(s): Clinical Responsibilities, Disability Legislation, Retired Doctors

Policy group: Retired Members Forum, 2006
(Source: Conference)
That this Meeting believes that in order to reap any benefits that the proposed new structuring of NHS primary care may bring, an appropriate time scale must be employed.
Keyword(s): NHS Care, Primary Care

Policy group: Retired Members Forum, 2006
(Source: Conference)
That this Meeting proposes that the GMC makes available to registered medical practitioners, on request a credit card-sized card, confirming that the holder is registered medical practitioner and giving his or her GMC number.
Keyword(s): General Medical Council, Professional Registration and Regulation

Policy group: Retired Members Forum, 2006
(Source: Conference)
That this Meeting foresees and deplores the potential loss of a large reservoir of medical expertise in dealing with emergency situations should revalidation become a reality in its presently proposed form.
Keyword(s): First Aid and Immediate Care, Revalidation

Policy group: Retired Members Forum, 2006
(Source: Conference)
That the BMA, in association with the Department of Health, should ask retired doctors if they will be prepared to help their local colleagues and hospitals when overwhelmed by the expected Avian ‘flu epidemic.
Keyword(s): Avian Flu, Retired Doctors

Policy group: Retired Members Forum, 2005
(Source: Conference)
That this Forum encourages retired doctors to volunteer their services as part of the UK aid programme to developing countries.
Keyword(s): Developing World, Retired Doctors

Policy group: Retired Members Forum, 2005
(Source: Conference)
That this Forum supports a needed function for retired doctors’ expertise to be used in wards and practices to assist with the co-ordination of management of patient care. Such co-ordination is becoming increasingly a problem with management being deployed amongst so many departments. We wish the Council of the BMA to support the deployment of this useful medical resource, where it is needed.
Keyword(s): BMA, Medical Workforce Planning

Policy group: Retired Members Forum, 2005
(Source: Conference)
That this Forum deplores the introduction of GMC charges for those over the age of 65 and the need for a licence and revalidation for fully retired doctors who once in a while under certain circumstances may like to prescribe.
Keyword(s): General Medical Council, Prescribing, Revalidation

Policy group: Retired Members Forum, 2005
(Source: Conference)
That the BMA urges the GMC to abandon the proposed annual fee for those retired doctors who wish to remain Registered, but not to be licensed to practise.
Keyword(s): General Medical Council

Policy group: Retired Members Forum, 2005
(Source: Conference)
That this Forum asks the BMA to obtain a legal opinion on whether the European Court would accept the unilateral, British failure to validate Retired Medical Practitioners [to retain their right to prescribe] under the new Regulations, while all other Retired European Medical Practitioners retain their legal right to prescribe.
Keyword(s): Europe, Prescribing

Policy group: Retired Members Forum, 2005
(Source: Conference)
That the BMA should ask fellow members to observe the honourable tradition of treating fellow doctors without charge and to reject the growing habit of billing retired practitioners for consultations and physical examinations.
Keyword(s): BMA, Professional Fees

Policy group: Retired Members Forum, 2005
(Source: Conference)
That this Forum requests:
(i) a definition of “retired member” to take more account of the numerous ways in which doctors move from full-time practice;
(ii) automatic continuation of BMA News, unless the member opts out.
Keyword(s): BMA