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Results for January 2015 - 20 press releases.

BMA response to Labour's 10-year plan for the NHS

Tue 27 Jan 2015

Dr Mark Porter, BMA council chair responds to Labour's 10-year plan for the NHS

Cash boost for needed for local family doctors (BMA Northern Ireland)

Mon 26 Jan 2015

Health leaders in England have today (Monday) announced a £10 million investment to kick start a new plan to expand the general practice workforce. The money will be used to recruit new GPs, retain those that are thinking of leaving the profession and encourage doctors to return to general practice to better meet the needs of patients now and for the future.

BMA response to weekly A&E figures - rise in delayed discharges extremely worrying

Fri 23 Jan 2015

BMA response to weekly A&E figures - rise in delayed discharges extremely worrying

BMA response to Care Quality Commission inspection reports

Thu 22 Jan 2015

Commenting on the latest Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspection reports, Dr Chaand Nagpaul, Chair of the BMA's GP committee, said: “It is encouraging that the vast majority of inspection reports returned good or outstanding ratings for GP practices. This does demonstrate that GP practices across the country are delivering high quality, responsive care to their patients despite the incredible workload and funding pressures that GP services are facing.

BMA response to King's Fund quarterly report

Thu 22 Jan 2015

Dr Mark Porter, BMA council chair responds to The King's Fund quarterly monitoring report which found pressures on hospitals are spreading beyond A&E, with waiting times rising and more operations being cancelled. The report also found that trust finance directors identified staff morale as their top concern, alongside A&E waiting times.

BMA response to plans to introduce standardised packaging for cigarettes

Wed 21 Jan 2015

Responding to the announcement by the government on the introduction of standardised packaging for cigarettes, Dr Mark Porter, BMA council chair, said: “It is pleasing to see that the government has listened to our repeated calls for branding to be removed from tobacco products, and has made the long-awaited and welcome move to introduce standardised packaging.

Politicians need to look at the NHS as a whole to address pressure on A&E

Fri 16 Jan 2015

Responding to the publication of weekly figures on A&E waiting times Dr Mark Porter, BMA council chair, calls on politicians to look at the NHS as a whole to address pressure on A&E

New research shows that complaints process is having a worrying impact on doctors' health and is affecting clinical care, says BMA

Fri 16 Jan 2015

BMA council chair, Dr Mark Porter responds to research published in the online journal BMJ Open, which finds that UK doctors subject to complaints procedures are at significant risk of becoming severely depressed and suicidal and are likely to change their clinical practice, in some cases acting against their professional judgement

Minimum unit pricing and standardised packaging are vital in making real difference to public health

Thu 15 Jan 2015

BMA response to the Labour party's announcement on public health

BMA response to CQC announcement on failing GP practices

Thu 15 Jan 2015

Responding to the Care Quality Commission's latest announcement on failing practices, Dr Richard Vautrey, Deputy Chair BMA GP committee said: “The Care Quality Commission is finding that the vast majority of practices are providing good services to their patients. In exceptional circumstances a very small number of practices are struggling to do this. It's important that the first step is to try and identify the reasons that lead to these problems and try to resolve them.

BMA's GP committee launches new deliberative events to have an honest conversation with patient's about their priorities for their GP services

Wed 14 Jan 2015

BMA's GP committee launches new deliberative events to have an honest conversation with patient's about their priorities for their GP services The BMA's GP committee has launched a series of deliberative events with patients designed to get the public's honest views on what they want from their GP services in the future, and based upon the reality of the resource constraints on GP practices.

We must look at the system as a whole to address A&E pressures

Wed 14 Jan 2015

Dr Mark Porter, BMA council chair, comments following the Health Select Committee's emergency session on pressures on A&E

BMA's GP committee launches new guidance to help GPs tackle rising workload to prioritise patient care

Wed 14 Jan 2015

The BMA's GP committee has launched new guidelines aimed at helping GP practices cope with the escalating workload which is leaving many practices struggling to provide adequate time for patients. This comes as NHS England has launched a major new project to reduce workload in general practice.

Politicians need to look at the NHS as a whole to address pressures on A&E

Fri 9 Jan 2015

BMA responds to the publication of weekly figures which show pressure on England's A&E departments is getting worse

BMA response to Circle's withdrawal from Hinchingbrooke Hospital

Fri 9 Jan 2015

The BMA responds to the announcement that Circle Holdings, which operates Hinchingbrooke Hospital in Cambridgeshire, is withdrawing from its contract

BMA response to CQC report on GP practices

Thu 8 Jan 2015

Dr Richard Vautrey, BMA GP committee deputy chair, said: “The Care Quality Commission (CQC) is beginning to find what we know to be true, that the vast majority of practices are providing a high level of service to their patients.

A&E waiting figures show NHS under unprecedented pressure

Tue 6 Jan 2015

BMA response to the latest A&E waiting figures that show unprecedented pressure

BMA's GP committee launch new survey of the profession

Mon 5 Jan 2015

Talking about the launch of a survey of the UK's GPs, Dr Chaand Nagpaul, BMA GP committee Chair, said: “We are launching this major survey of the profession at a critical juncture for general practice. Escalating workload, inadequate capacity and diminishing resources are having a serious impact on morale, recruitment and retention amongst GPs, as well as affecting patient care."

BMA response to the Labour Party's dossier on the future of the NHS

Sat 3 Jan 2015

BMA response to the Labour Party's dossier on the future of the NHS

Best for patients, fair for doctors, sustainable for the NHS – BMA submits evidence to DDRB on doctors' contracts

Fri 2 Jan 2015

The BMA has today reiterated calls for any proposed changes to doctors' contracts to be best for patients, fair for doctors and sustainable for the NHS. This follows the BMA's submission1 of evidence to the DDRB (Doctors' and Dentists' Review Body) on consultant and junior doctor contracts. Contract negotiations were referred to the DDRB in October 2014, after talks between the BMA and NHS Employers stalled2 due to concerns raised by the BMA over a lack of safeguards for patient safety and doctors' welfare3.