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Results for December 2014 - 17 press releases.

BMA response to weekly A&E performance figures

Fri 19 Dec 2014

Dr Mark Porter, BMA council chair, has responded to the publication of weekly figures which show pressure in England's A&E units has now reached record levels, with the lowest percentage of patients being seen within four hours since monitoring began in 2010.

BMA response to GMC's review of vulnerable doctors under investigation

Fri 19 Dec 2014

The BMA has responded to a report from the General Medical Council (GMC) on doctors who commit suicide while under GMC fitness to practice investigations

BMA response to regulations laid before parliament today proposing banning smoking in cars containing children under 18

Wed 17 Dec 2014

BMA response to regulations laid before parliament today proposing banning smoking in cars containing children under 18

BMA Scotland comment on the 2014 NHS Staff Survey (BMA Scotland)

Wed 17 Dec 2014

BMA Scotland chair, Dr Peter Bennie, comments on some of the key findings from the 2014 NHS Scotland staff survey.

Family doctors warning over tough choices to be made (BMA Northern Ireland)

Tue 16 Dec 2014

GP surgeries across Northern Ireland are facing unprecedented pressures exacerbated by the current financial climate.

Patients suffering as pressure on NHS reaches historic high, warns BMA

Fri 12 Dec 2014

The BMA has warned that patienst are suffering as NHS England published its 'winter health check' showing record numbers of patients waiting longer for treatment in emergency departments, and emergency admissions one of the highest they've been since records began over a decade ago

BMA response to speech by NHS Chief Executive Simon Stevens to Conference of Local Medical Committee Secretaries

Thu 11 Dec 2014

Responding to a speech by the Chief Executive of the NHS, Simon Stevens, at the conference of Local Medical Committee (LMC) secretaries, BMA executive team member Dr Brian Balmer said: “It is encouraging that Simon Stevens has reiterated the position laid out in the NHS' Five Year Forward View that general practice needs a period of sustained, long term investment to enable it to deliver first rate care to patients.

Organ donation - have you told your loved ones? (BMA Northern Ireland)

Wed 10 Dec 2014

Don't forget tomorrow, December 11, is the day when doctors across Northern Ireland are asking you to sit down with your loved ones to discuss your wishes regarding organ donation.

Figures show extent of creeping privatisation in NHS under Health and Social Care Act

Wed 10 Dec 2014

An investigation by the BMJ which found that a third of NHS contracts have been awarded to private sector providers shows the extent of creeping privatisation in NHS under Health and Social Care Act.

CQC failure on inspection regime has undermined GP and patient trust, warns BMA

Fri 5 Dec 2014

Commenting on the Care Quality Commission's (CQC) announcement that it will be revising its inspection regime for GP practices introduced only a few weeks ago, BMA GP committee chair Dr Chaand Nagpaul said: “Today's admission by the CQC that they are having to recalculate all of their pre-inspection data highlights the concerns that the BMA raised that this risk rating system is not fit for purpose. We now know that due to errors in the CQC's methodology 60 practices have been unfairly branded as being at risk, potentially doing serious harm to their reputation.

BMA wins international graduates of UK medical schools equal access to specialty training opportunities as UK and European peers

Fri 5 Dec 2014

International graduates of UK medical schools, who are training in the UK on a visa, will now have equal access to specialty training opportunities in England as their UK and European peers.

Doctors and alcohol campaigners urge drivers to avoid alcohol before driving (BMA Scotland)

Fri 5 Dec 2014

Press release on the new drink drive limit in Scotland

BMA response to Monitor's report on new models for GP out of hours care

Thu 4 Dec 2014

This report highlights the compelling case for more GPs and the need for a coherent plan to establish a clear urgent care pathway for patients that integrates a range of services, including NHS111

BMA GP committee chair response to the government's announcement of extra investment in GP services

Wed 3 Dec 2014

Commenting on the announcement of extra investment for GP infrastructure in the chancellor's autumn statement, BMA GP Chair Dr Chaand Nagpaul said: “It is a step forward that after substantial lobbying from the BMA, the government has finally acknowledged that GP infrastructure is in dire need of investment. Many GP practices across England are in a declining state and completely unsuitable for the modern demands of 21st century medicine.

BMA response to Autumn Statement

Wed 3 Dec 2014

Responding to the Autumn Statement, BMA council chair Dr Mark Porter said that extra funding is a step in the right direction but NHS must not be used as a political football.

NHS Workforce statistics don't capture the full scale of consultant vacancies in hospitals, says BMA Scotland (BMA Scotland)

Tue 2 Dec 2014

Doctors' leaders have today [Tuesday 2 December] called on the Scottish Government to work with the BMA to improve the information collected on consultant vacancies across the Scottish health service to inform and support work to address the ongoing recruitment and retention problems in hospitals.

BMA response to reported funding boost for GP premises in the autumn statement

Mon 1 Dec 2014

Commenting on reports at the weekend of a £250 million annual funding boost for the next four years for GP premises, BMA GPs committee chair, Dr Chaand Nagpaul said: “It is encouraging that politicians are beginning to listen to the concerns that the BMA's General practitioners committee has been voicing through the Your GP Cares campaign about the incredible pressures on general practice. We have continually highlighted that GPs simply don't have the space to care- with inadequate impoverished GP premises which have received no national investment for over a decade, leaving many GPs working in premises designed for a past era, unable to meet current patent needs, and with no capacity to accommodate the government's ambition of moving further care out of hospitals