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Results for March 2015 - 21 press releases.

BMA Response to the Conservative Party's seven-day NHS announcement

Sat 28 Mar 2015

BMA Response to the Conservative Party's seven-day NHS announcement

BMA response to Care Quality Commission decision to drop risk bandings for GP practices

Fri 27 Mar 2015

Responding to the announcement by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) that they will be dropping the risk banding rating system for GP practices, Dr Richard Vautrey, BMA's GP committee deputy chair said: The apology from CQC and recognition of the need to change the way they use data about practices is to be welcomed and comes after strong pressure from the BMA's GP committee in which we highlighted the fundamental flaws of their system and the damage it had unfairly done to the reputation of hard working practices.

BMA response to Ed Miliband speech

Fri 27 Mar 2015

Dr Mark Porter, BMA council chair responds to a speech by Ed Miliband marking the launch of the Labour Party General Election campaign, in which he outlined Labour plans for the NHS

BMA response to the second wave of the Prime Minister's Challenge Fund pilots

Fri 27 Mar 2015

Responding to the launch of the second wave of pilot sites for the Prime Minister's Challenge Fund, Dr Mark Porter, BMA Chair of Council, said: “GPs are always looking for ways to improve the services they provide to their patients. It is not surprising that GP practices have justifiably and successfully taken up the opportunity of short term funding to try and enhance patient access.

BMA response to NHS England announcement on GP premise funding allocations

Fri 27 Mar 2015

Responding to the announcement from NHS England today of the successful bids to the Primary Care Infrastructure Fund, Dr Chaand Nagpaul, BMA GP Committee Chair said “We are pleased that the government has finally listened to the BMA's GP committee's prolonged lobbying aimed at addressing the declining, inadequate state of GP premises, which has damaged the ability of practices to meet the needs of their patients.

BMA response to The King's Fund report on NHS performance under the coalition government

Thu 26 Mar 2015

Dr Mark Porter, BMA council chair, responds to a report by The King's Fund, which found the coalition government will leave office with health services under significant strain and a real risk that patient care will suffer as the NHS heads towards a deficit

Doctors call for No More Games with A&E

Wed 25 Mar 2015

Doctors' leaders are calling on all politicians to not repeat the mistakes of the past, which have left A&Es across the country bursting at the seams tackling winter pressures, and to commit to having an open and honest public debate to find real solutions to the problem.

Doctors' conference calls for urgent action on overwhelming pressures facing general practice (BMA Northern Ireland)

Sun 22 Mar 2015

An annual doctor's conference held at the weekend has heard about the extraordinary pressures which general practice across Northern Ireland is currently experiencing.

BMA response to proposals for more pharmacists to work in GP practices

Tue 17 Mar 2015

Responding to proposals from the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) and the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) to increase the number of pharmacists working in general practice, Dr Chaand Nagpaul, BMA GP committee chair, said: “Placing more pharmacists into GP practice teams is a move the BMA has been advocating for some time. This proposal has the potential to improve the skills mix in local GP services and raise the number of healthcare professionals on hand to provide help to patients. This will be a welcome step forward given that GP practices are currently under unprecedented strain from rising patient demand and falling resources.

GP vacancy rates at worrying levels says BMA (BMA Scotland)

Fri 13 Mar 2015

High vacancy rates in GP practices in Scotland are leaving practices struggling to cope, a new BMA survey has found.

BMA response to DDRB recommendations on doctors' pay

Thu 12 Mar 2015

Responding to the Doctors and Dentists Review Body's (DDRB) recommendations on doctor's pay, Dr Mark Porter, BMA council chair said: “The Government's decision to tie the hands of the DDRB in England makes a mockery of the pay review process and prevents it from working fairly for all doctors, patients and the NHS, a point supported by the review body itself. It is also disappointing that the DDRB itself has once again failed to make any attempt to assert its independence by making recommendations for all four nations when it has acknowledged that it has the ability to do so.

BMA Scotland comment on doctors' pay award (BMA Scotland)

Thu 12 Mar 2015

Doctors in Scotland are to receive a 1% pay award following the Scottish Government's acceptance of the DDRB recommendations.

BMA response to NHS England announcement of new Vanguard healthcare sites

Tue 10 Mar 2015

Responding to NHS England's announcement of new Vanguard healthcare sites, Dr Chaand Nagpaul, BMA GP committee chair, said: "NHS England's "vanguard" proposals do represent a radical change to the way patient care is delivered in the NHS.

We must look at NHS as a whole to tackle pressures on A&E

Fri 6 Mar 2015

BMA council chair, Dr Mark Porter, responds to a Nuffield Trust publication on the A&E crisis, which warns that the emphasis on the four-hour waiting time target has become disproportionate

Local medical practice gives MLA insight into a day in the life of a GP (BMA Northern Ireland)

Fri 6 Mar 2015

Clarendon Medical Practice in the Foyle constituency this week played host to a visit from Maeve McLaughlin MLA to show the Chair of the Health committee the realities of day-to-day working life as a GP.

BMA responds to Public Accounts Committee report on Public Health England's grant to local authorities

Fri 6 Mar 2015

BMA public health medicine committee chair, Dr Iain Kennedy, responds to the Public Accounts Committee report on Public Health England's grant to local authorities

BMA response to University of Manchester study into the Quality and Outcomes Framework

Thu 5 Mar 2015

Responding to the University of Manchester's study into the Quality and Outcomes Framework, Dr Chaand Nagpaul, BMA GP committee chair, said: “The Quality and Outcomes Framework (QoF) was never intended to be judged or analysed on the number of premature deaths in certain disease areas, not least as death rates are affected by numerous factors, including levels of social deprivation.

BMA response to GMC report on bullying and undermining of doctors

Thu 5 Mar 2015

Dr Mark Porter, BMA council chair responds to the launch of the Building a Supportive Environment report by the GMC, which aims to tackle bullying and undermining of doctors, especially doctors in training.

Consultants call for No More Games with the NHS

Wed 4 Mar 2015

BMA consultant committee chair, Dr Paul Flynn, addresses consultants from across the UK at the BMA's annual Consultant Conference, and calls for No More Games to be played with the NHS

BMA response to review into Morecambe Bay

Wed 4 Mar 2015

Dr Mark Porter, BMA council chair say that staff, management and regulators all have a joint responsibility to promote the ethos that patient care and safety must come before all else

British Medical Association (BMA) response to BBC survey findings that more than half of GPs expect to leave profession early

Mon 2 Mar 2015

Responding to the BBC survey which found that more than half of GPs expect to leave the profession early, Dr Krishna Kasaraneni, GP and BMA education, training and workforce committee chair, who features in tomorrow's Inside Out programme, said: “The BMA has been warning for some time that there is a real and serious GP workforce crisis emerging across the country. GP services are under unprecedented workload pressure, with practices seeing record numbers of patients - 40 million more annually than in 2008 – against a background of mounting bureaucracy and falling resources.