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Results for November 2015 - 16 press releases.

BMA response to Jeremy Hunt's decision to engage in conciliatory talks on junior doctor contract, through Acas

Wed 25 Nov 2015

BMA response to Jeremy Hunt's decision to engage in conciliatory talks on junior doctor contract, through Acas

BMA response to the announcement of record deficits for NHS Trusts of £1.6 billion

Fri 20 Nov 2015

Responding to reports that the NHS has recorded a record deficit of £1.6 billion, Dr Ian Wilson, BMA's representative body chair, said: “These figures are alarming and shameful, not least as each month the NHS plunges further into record deficits. “Despite what politicians claim, health service funding has not kept up with rising patient demand or the increased cost of modern medicine. Promised extra resources are barely enough to keep pace with the current pressures facing the NHS, let alone allow effective planning for the growing burden caused by an ageing population with complex health needs.

BMA response to news reports that the health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, has refused the BMA's offer of conciliatory talks through Acas

Thu 19 Nov 2015

It is clear that trust has broken down between junior doctors and the government, which is why we are offering conciliatory talks via Acas. If it is true that Jeremy Hunt has refused our offer, all he is doing is entrenching himself even further

Junior doctors vote overwhelmingly for industrial action as BMA approaches Acas for conciliatory talks with the health secretary

Thu 19 Nov 2015

Junior doctors have today overwhelmingly voted in favour of taking industrial action after the government's threat to impose a new junior doctor contract in England from August next year.

More than 400 pharmacists to be recruited to GP surgeries by next year

Mon 16 Nov 2015

More than seven million patients will soon have access to expert advice from a clinical pharmacist when they visit their GP, thanks to the expansion of a new scheme to fund, recruit and employ pharmacists in local practices. NHS England has more than doubled funding from £15m to £31m for its clinical pharmacists in general practice pilot, due to an overwhelmingly positive response from GP surgeries. NHS England, Health Education England, the Royal College of General Practitioners and the BMA are today announcing the 73 applications that will receive a share of the funding, which will cover 698 GP practices and include 403 clinical pharmacists.

BMA council confirms range of possible junior doctor industrial action options in show of solidarity across the medical profession

Thu 12 Nov 2015

The BMA has today confirmed the dates and details of possible industrial action by junior doctors, following a decision by BMA council, the body which represents doctors from across the profession

Employment Charter launched for SAS doctors in Northern Ireland (BMA Northern Ireland)

Tue 10 Nov 2015

The British Medical Association in Northern Ireland along with the Department of Health Social Services and Public Safety has developed a new charter for Staff, Associate Specialists and Specialty (SAS) Doctors.

BMA Scotland pay tribute to former chair (BMA Scotland)

Mon 9 Nov 2015

It is with great sadness that BMA Scotland has learnt of the sudden death of Dr Brian Keighley MB ChB (Glasgow 1972), FRCGP, DFM, CBE at the age of 67.

BMA response to new report from the University of East Anglia which shows that Sunday GP appointments are unlikely to meet the needs of patients

Fri 6 Nov 2015

These survey findings echo the results of NHS England's pilots for seven-day opening of GP surgeries, which showed extremely poor demand from patients for appointments on Sundays

Doctors warn of increasing NHS demand as BMA Scotland publish 2016 election manifesto (BMA Scotland)

Thu 5 Nov 2015

The British Medical Association has today (Thursday) published its manifesto for the 2016 Scottish Parliament elections with a call for all political parties to make ‘realistic and honest' pledges to ensure the future of high quality health care in Scotland.

BMA Welcome Ministers Statement on Junior Doctor Contract (BMA Northern Ireland)

Wed 4 Nov 2015

BMA NI has welcomed Simon Hamilton making a statement on the junior doctor contract situation in Northern Ireland

BMA response to government proposals on junior doctor contract

Wed 4 Nov 2015

Dr Johann Malawana, BMA junior doctor committee chair responds to government proposals on the junior doctor contract

BMA launches new survey into “faltering" government programme to invest in GP facilities

Wed 4 Nov 2015

The BMA has launched a new survey of GP practices to establish whether the government is keeping to its commitment to invest in upgrading GP facilities as part of the Primary Care Infrastructure Fund. Dr Brian Balmer, BMA GP executive lead on GP premises, said: “We are launching this major survey as we need to get to the bottom of whether GP practices are seeing any benefits from the government's Primary Care Investment Fund.

BMA NI comments on announcement of health service shake up (BMA Northern Ireland)

Wed 4 Nov 2015

BMA NI has responded to today's annoucment of a review of health service provision in Northern Ireland.

BMA responds to Guardian story on Jeremy Hunt's offer to junior doctors

Tue 3 Nov 2015

Junior doctors need facts, not piecemeal announcements and we need to see the full detail of this latest, eleventh hour offer to understand what, in reality, it will mean for junior doctors

BMA criticises “wholly unjustified" proposals to increase CQC fees that could damage patient care

Mon 2 Nov 2015

Responding to the release of proposals from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) to increase their fees on GP practices almost seven fold, Dr Chaand Nagpaul, BMA GP committee chair, said “GPs will be staggered at the consultation proposals from the CQC for an unprecedented increase in practice fees at time when many are struggling financially.