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Results for June 2015 - 39 press releases.

BMA response to new duty of candour guidance

Mon 29 Jun 2015

Those working across the NHS need to have the support of an open and honest working environment

BMA Scotland comment on national review of out-of-hours services (BMA Scotland)

Fri 26 Jun 2015

The BMA's Scottish GP committee has said it "broadly supports" the aims of a Scottish Government review into GP out of hours services.

Dr Mark Porter re-elected unopposed as BMA chair

Fri 26 Jun 2015

Dr Mark Porter has been re-elected unopposed as BMA council chair

Doctors condemn £200 million cuts to public health budgets

Fri 26 Jun 2015

Doctors' leaders at the BMA's annual conferences have condemned George Osborne's decision to cut £200 million from the public health grant given to local authorities.

Call to roll out Northern Ireland GP workload study across the UK (BMA Northern Ireland)

Thu 25 Jun 2015

Doctors at the British Medical Association's annual conference have heard that a study which highlighted the alarming issues facing Northern Ireland GPs should be rolled out across the UK.

BMA consultant leader calls for government to work with consultants to deliver seven-day services

Thu 25 Jun 2015

Chair of the BMA consultant committee, Dr Paul Flynn, has today urged the government to work with consultants to deliver high quality urgent and emergency care, seven days a week

Dangerous working patterns risk patient safety as seven in 10 consultants never have rest time after busy night on call

Thu 25 Jun 2015

Figures published by the BMA have found that the vast majority of consultants never have time off to rest before treating patients after a busy night on call

Weekly reporting of A&E activity ‘misses the point', says doctors' leader (BMA Scotland)

Thu 25 Jun 2015

Dr Peter Bennie, BMA Scottish council chair speech to ARM.

Local hospital doctor warns Executive on Northern Ireland healthcare funding crisis (BMA Northern Ireland)

Wed 24 Jun 2015

A local doctor has laid out the dire situation facing doctors in Northern Ireland hospitals as fears grow that further funding cuts will hit already stretched services.

BMA calls for sessional GPs to be made key part of federations and networks

Wed 24 Jun 2015

Leaders of the UK's salaried and locum GPs have called on the growing number of GP federations and networks to make sessional GPs a key part of their operations after fears they could be marginalised as the new structures are set up.

GP leader urges government to act now to rebuild general practice

Wed 24 Jun 2015

Ministers must urgently act to help rebuild GP services and “lift the profession off its knees", warned the leader of the nation's GPs at the BMA's Annual Representative Meeting (ARM). In his keynote address to the conference, Dr Chaand Nagpaul, BMA GP committee, also warned against the government's “folly" of introducing routine seven day services when existing services were at breaking point.

BMA response to government clarification on pledge to recruit 5,000 extra GPs by 2020

Wed 24 Jun 2015

Responding to comments by the Secretary of State for Health that the pledge to recruit 5,000 GPs by 2020 was a maximum possible figure rather than a firm target1, Dr Chaand Nagpaul, BMA GP committee chair, said: “Increasing the number of GPs entering the workforce is vital at a time of rising patient demand from an ageing population and more care being moved into the community from hospitals.

BMA celebrates the voluntary work of doctors across the UK and overseas

Wed 24 Jun 2015

Building on the success of last year, the British Medical Association (BMA) is again running a competition that celebrates the voluntary work carried out by doctors, and the help they deliver to those in need.

Doctors' leader calls for a genuine partnership with the Department of Health (BMA Northern Ireland)

Wed 24 Jun 2015

BMA Northern Ireland (British Medical Association) Chair Dr John D Woods has called for the Department of Health to fundamentally change their relationship with the medical profession.

The government must urgently invest in children's mental health services and end the ‘deplorable' practice of locking children in police cells overnight, warn leading doctors.

Tue 23 Jun 2015

Leading doctors at the British Medical Association's (BMA) Annual Representative Meeting (ARM) have deplored the ongoing practice of locking children in police cells overnight, warning that the government's funding cuts to Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) have significantly contributed to this worrying issue.

Doctors warn of an “obesity epidemic" in Scotland (BMA Scotland)

Tue 23 Jun 2015

Doctors at the BMA's conference in Liverpool today have called for co-ordinated action to address the nation's obesity epidemic.

BMA calls on Care Quality Commission to suspend its current inspection regime

Tue 23 Jun 2015

GP leaders at the BMA's Annual Representative Meeting (ARM) have called on the Care Quality Commission (CQC) to suspend its current inspection regime after delegates overwhelmingly passed a motion describing the CQC as “unfit for purpose". Dr Chaand Nagpaul, BMA GP committee chair said: “Even though the vast majority of practices are ultimately rated as good or outstanding, it is clear that the CQC has lost the confidence of the profession and needs urgently to address the fundamental problems with its inspection regime.

Leading doctors call on UK governments to do more to address devastating consequences of alcohol use in pregnancy.

Tue 23 Jun 2015

Leading doctors at the British Medical Association's (BMA) Annual Representative Meeting (ARM) have called on all four UK governments to take more action to address the devastating consequences of alcohol use in pregnancy.

Doctors welcome move to create whistleblowing officer (BMA Scotland)

Mon 22 Jun 2015

Comment on the Scottish Government's announcement to establish a post of Independent National Officer to scrutinise the handling of whistleblowing cases by NHS Scotland.

Keep health out of EU trade treaty, urge doctors (BMA Scotland)

Mon 22 Jun 2015

A Scottish doctor has led the call for health and social care services and public health, to be removed from the transatlantic trade and investment partnership (TTIP) negotiations currently taking place between the EU and United States.

Doctors call for ‘health in all policies' to close inequalities gap in Scotland (BMA Scotland)

Mon 22 Jun 2015

Doctors at the BMA's annual conference in Liverpool today (Monday 22 June 2015) have unanimously voted in support of calls to mandate a ‘health in all policies' approach by the UK governments.

Government must ‘get real' over the crisis facing the NHS, says BMA leader

Mon 22 Jun 2015

Dr Mark Porter, BMA council chair, delivers his speech to the BMA's annual representative meeting in Liverpool

Patients should have access to high quality care seven days a week, says BMA, but the Government must explain how it will be delivered

Sun 21 Jun 2015

Doctors are clear that patients in the greatest need should have access to high quality care, seven days a week, but the Government must focus on substance over chasing easy headlines

Northern Ireland GPs say seven day services not possible with current funding (BMA Northern Ireland)

Fri 19 Jun 2015

Speaking following UK Health Minister Jeremy Hunt's announcement on GP services, the Chair of BMA Northern Ireland's GP Committee Dr Tom Black said, “The crisis facing GPs across the UK is mirrored in Northern Ireland.

BMA Northern Ireland delighted to receive recognition for its work on organ donation (BMA Northern Ireland)

Fri 19 Jun 2015

BMA Northern Ireland was this week recognised at the British Heart Foundation Northern Ireland, ‘Heart Hero' awards with a certificate acknowledging its work around increasing the awareness of organ donation in Northern Ireland.

BMA response to Jeremy Hunt's speech on a new deal for GPs

Fri 19 Jun 2015

BMA response to Jeremy Hunt's speech on a new deal for GP

BMA response to the CQC report on gaps in mental health crisis care

Fri 12 Jun 2015

BMA response to the CQC report on gaps in mental health crisis care

BMA response to Lord Carter review on NHS efficiency

Thu 11 Jun 2015

Dr Paul Flynn, chair of the BMA consultant committee, comments on the publication of a review into NHS efficiency by Lord Carter

Journals from BMJ Press Release: Embargo 23.30 hours (UK time) Wednesday night 10 June 2015

Wed 10 Jun 2015

Journals from BMJ Press Release: Embargo 23.30 hours (UK time) Wednesday night 10 June 2015

BMA response to Guardian story on senior officer remuneration

Mon 8 Jun 2015

Responding to reports in the Guardian about a decision to change the remuneration of senior officers at the BMA in November 2014, a BMA spokesperson said: “As the recognised leaders of their profession the BMA's Chief Officers are active, practising doctors. For some, holding such a position has become itself a full-time role. It is only right that these increasing demands are appropriately recognised. BMA Council and its remuneration committee made its decision in 2014 – without the input or even the presence of those officers affected. In most cases some of the financial package is paid to the doctors' employers in order to release them to attend work on behalf of the profession.

Doctors and dentists stand shoulder to shoulder over cuts at Public Health England

Fri 5 Jun 2015

The British Medical Association and British Dental Association have responded jointly to the staffing review and suggested restructure at Public Health England

Doctors call for children to be protected from alcohol advertising (BMA Scotland)

Thu 4 Jun 2015

BMA Scotland has called for children to be protected from the influence of alcohol advertising as the Scottish Parliament prepares to debate Scotland's relationship with alcohol.

BMA Scotland comment on “Building a more sustainable NHS in Scotland" (BMA Scotland)

Thu 4 Jun 2015

Commenting on the publication of “Building a more sustainable NHS in Scotland", a joint paper by the RCN Scotland and the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, today (Thursday 4 June 2015) Dr Peter Bennie, chair of the BMA in Scotland said that the "BMA is committed to working together with other health professionals across Scotland to secure greater sustainability for the NHS."

Grave concern as consultant vacancies increase (BMA Scotland)

Tue 2 Jun 2015

BMA Scotland has expressed grave concern for services as new figures released today show that vacancies in NHS consultant positions have continued to increase.

BMA Scotland welcomes launch of new organ donation bill (BMA Scotland)

Tue 2 Jun 2015

BMA welcomes launch of a new bill to change the law on organ donation.

BMA response to government announcement on agency staffing costs in NHS

Tue 2 Jun 2015

Dr Mark Porter, BMA council chair, responds to government plans to clamp down on NHS spending on agency staff

BMA response to new Monitor report on pressures facing GP practices

Mon 1 Jun 2015

Responding to a new report from Monitor, Dr Chaand Nagpaul, BMA GP committee chair, said: “These findings support the BMA's consistent message to politicians that GP services do not have the resources, staff or infrastructure to meet rising patient demand.

GP practice closures survey could be "tip of the iceberg" warns BMA

Mon 1 Jun 2015

Responding to a survey from Pulse magazine on GP practice closures, Dr Chaand Nagpaul, BMA GP committee chair: “The BMA has been warning politicians that GP services across the country are under unprecedented strain from a combination of factors, including soaring patient demand, flat lining resources and drastic shortages of GPs.

BMA Operational Note: BMA Annual Representative Meeting (ARM) Monday 22 June - Thursday 25 June 2015, Liverpool

Mon 1 Jun 2015

This year's Annual Representative Meeting of the British Medical Association will take place at the BT Convention Centre, Liverpool, L3 4FP from Monday 22 June to Thursday 25 June 2015.