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Results for April 2016 - 18 press releases.

BMA responds to RCP report on e-cigarettes

Thu 28 Apr 2016

The British Medical Association (BMA) has today responded to a report by the Royal College of Physicians (RCP), which finds that electronic cigarettes have the potential to contribute to reducing death and disability caused by smoking.

Jeremy Hunt must lift imposition and address junior doctors' outstanding concerns which are about much more than just pay

Wed 27 Apr 2016

The BMA has written to the health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, repeating its call to lift the imposition and get back around the negotiating table. The letter outlines key issues, beyond pay, which are still outstanding and need to be resolved in talks.

Supporting junior doctors in England (BMA Wales)

Wed 27 Apr 2016

As junior doctors in England plan to withdraw their labour, doctors in Wales continue to offer support.

BMA response to new GP workforce figures

Wed 27 Apr 2016

Responding to new figures from the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC), Dr Richard Vautrey, BMA GP committee deputy chair said: “These figures further expose the crisis in general practice with GPs leaving because of unsustainable workload pressures.

BMA Northern Ireland statement in relation to full walk out of junior doctors in England (BMA Northern Ireland)

Tue 26 Apr 2016

Junior doctors in Northern Ireland support their English colleagues

BMA response to letter from Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt, on junior doctor contract dispute

Sun 24 Apr 2016

Dr Mark Porter, BMA council chair, responds to a letter from Jeremy Hunt on junior doctor contract dispute

BMA response to government's new transformation plan for general practice

Thu 21 Apr 2016

Dr Chaand Nagpaul, BMA GP committee chair, responds to the government's new transformation plan for general practice in England

BMA Northern Ireland calls for general practice funding parity with England (BMA Northern Ireland)

Thu 21 Apr 2016

British Medical Association Northern Ireland is calling on the incoming Northern Ireland Assembly and the next Health Minister to urgently increase funding for general practice here in line with England, or face the prospect of GP practice closures, particularly in rural areas.

BMA responds to Secretary of State's letter rejecting calls to end junior doctor dispute through talks

Tue 19 Apr 2016

Dr Johann Malawana, BMA junior doctor committee chair responds to a letter from the Secretary of State in which he refuses to accept an offer from the BMA to lift the imposition and end the dispute through talks

BMA makes clear offer to health secretary: lift imposition and junior doctors will call off next week's industrial action

Tue 19 Apr 2016

The BMA has today written to the health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, with a clear offer to avert next week's industrial action.

More than two thirds of doctors are uncomfortable with the privatisation of NHS services, a new report shows

Tue 19 Apr 2016

In a report published today by the British Medical Association (BMA), the most common reasons for the concern from those surveyed is that private provision destabilises and fragments NHS services. The report also found that doctors believe that the primary motivation for some private sector providers is profit, rather than providing the highest possible standard of care for patients.

Health Secretary backtracking on claims he can impose junior doctor contract

Sun 17 Apr 2016

Dr Mark Porter responds to reports that the Health Secretary is backtracking on claims the government can impose a new contract on junior doctors

BMA calls urgent meeting to address healthcare crisis, falling workforce morale and future risks to patient care

Wed 13 Apr 2016

The BMA is holding an urgent meeting of doctors from across the UK to discuss the current funding and workforce crisis across the UK health service, the falling morale amongst doctors and the potential solutions to help protect the future of patient care.

Thousands of junior doctors turn out in protest against imposed contract as BMA urges government to end dispute through talks

Thu 7 Apr 2016

Thousands of junior doctors joined more than 140 picket lines across England to protest against the imposition of a new contract, as the BMA urges the government to end the on-going dispute by re-entering talks.

Junior doctors urge government to get back around the negotiating table and end dispute through talks

Wed 6 Apr 2016

As junior doctors strike for the fourth time over the imposition of an unfair contract, they urge the government to get back around the negotiating table and end the dispute through talks.

Patients services being put at risk, warns GP leaders

Wed 6 Apr 2016

Responding to a new report from the Lancet showing that GP services are being overwhelmed by workload pressures, Dr Richard Vautrey, BMA GP committee deputy chair: “This study provides clear evidence which supports what every GP and patient knows: GP practices are working harder than ever before, but are struggling to provide even basic levels of care as they are overwhelmed by unsustainable workload. In many cases this is beginning to put patients at risk as services become over stretched, while an understaffed GP workforce is being further depleted as staff leave owing to burnout and stress. .

Almost nine out of ten GP practices struggle to find locum cover as GP shortage worsens across England, warns new BMA survey

Tue 5 Apr 2016

A new BMA survey of 2,814 GP practices in England has found that almost nine out of ten struggle to find locum cover to plug staffing gaps and that a similar number regularly need temporary GPs to staff their services. GP leaders have warned this is more evidence of the incredible strain on GP services which has left general practice struggling to provide effective care to patients.

BMA response to government admission that the new junior doctor contract will impact disproportionately on women

Fri 1 Apr 2016

BMA response to government admission that the new junior doctor contract will impact disproportionately on women