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Results for November 2014 - 17 press releases.

BMA Scotland comment on the publication of the Vale of Leven Hospital Inquiry report (BMA Scotland)

Mon 24 Nov 2014

Commenting on the publication of The Vale of Leven Hospital Inquiry Report today (Monday 24 November 2014), Dr Charles Saunders, chairman of the BMA's Scottish public health committee, said: “This report is uncomfortable reading for all of us involved in the provision of healthcare. It highlights a series of events that led to a significant systematic failure in the quality of patient care and it is clear that lessons must be learned."

BMA Scotland comment on the appointment of new health secretary (BMA Scotland)

Fri 21 Nov 2014

BMA Scotland chairman, Dr Peter Bennie congratulates Shona Robison on her appointment as cabinet secretary for health, wellbeing and sport.

BMA response to GMC survey of doctors in training

Wed 19 Nov 2014

The BMA has responded to a GMC survey of doctors in training which found that almost one in ten had been bullied and that some lacked confidence in the systems in place for reporting concerns over patient care

New e-cigarette advert in breach of guidelines by glamourising vaping and targeting children

Tue 18 Nov 2014

Writing to the Advertising Standards Agency (ASA), the British Medical Association has warned that a new advert for VIP e-cigarettes breaches advertising rules by glamourising vaping and targeting children.

BMA response to the Care Quality Commission's announcement of changes to GP practice inspections

Mon 17 Nov 2014

Responding to the Care Quality Commission's (CQC) new proposals on the future of GP practice inspections, Dr Richard Vautrey, Deputy Chair of the BMA's GP committee, said: “GP practices are trying hard to continue to deliver high quality care to their patients despite increased workload pressure that is not being matched by the necessary increase in GPs or funding. This is made even harder with the CQC's focus on targets. The publication of 38 more targets that practices will be judged by will add to the growing burden and bureaucracy on practices, and could further undermine hardworking GPs morale.

BMA Scotland comment on hospital food standards (BMA Scotland)

Mon 17 Nov 2014

Welcoming the Scottish Government consultation on hospital food, Dr Lewis Morrison, member of the BMA's Scottish Council said that good nutrition would help patients in their recovery.

BMA awards almost £500,000 towards pioneering medical research at this year's prestigious Research Grant Awards.

Fri 14 Nov 2014

Sixteen of the UK's leading medical academics and research scientists have been awarded just under £500,000 at this year's prestigious British Medical Association Research Grant Awards.

Birmingham GP recognised by BMA in new online project

Fri 14 Nov 2014

The work of a Birmingham GP has been recognised in a new online project by the British Medical Association.

NHS needs long-term plan rather than short-term fix – BMA

Fri 14 Nov 2014

If the NHS is to stop lurching from one crisis to another it needs a long-term plan rather than a short-term fix.

GP leaders call for immediate action on out of hours services in response to Public Accounts Committee Report

Wed 12 Nov 2014

Responding to the House of Common's Public Accounts Committee (PAC) report into GP out of hours care, Dr Chaand Nagpaul, Chair of the BMA's GP Committee said: “Many GPs are working hard to deliver out of hours to patients1, but they are being undermined by an increasingly chaotic and underfunded system."

BMA response to the government's NHS Choice proposals

Wed 12 Nov 2014

Dr Richard Vautrey, Deputy Chair of the BMA's GP committee, said:  “It is important that we strive to make care as flexible as possible for patients, but NHS England has a duty to ensure that any changes made to patient registration are properly planned and maintain patient safety.

Don't leave it too late - local doctors to focus on men's health (BMA Northern Ireland)

Tue 11 Nov 2014

Discussions around ways to improve men's use of primary healthcare services are top of the agenda at an event taking place in Belfast this week as the British Medical Association in Northern Ireland hosts the European Men's Health Forum (EMHF) tomorrow, Wednesday 12 November.

BMA response to publication of National Health Service (amended Duties and Powers) Bill

Fri 7 Nov 2014

The BMA has responded to the publication of the National Health Service (amended Duties and Powers) Bill, which seeks to make changes to existing legislation, most notably the Health and Social Care Act 2012 and the National Health Service Act 2006.

BMA response to Academy of Medical Royal Colleges report on delivering savings in the NHS

Thu 6 Nov 2014

Responding to an Academy of Medical Royal Colleges report which claims nearly £2bn in savings could be made through changes in clinical practise, Dr Ian Wilson, Chair of the BMA's Representative Body said the evidence shows that doctors are ideally placed to deliver value to patients but decisions around care must be based on clinical need

BMA response to the Nuffield Trust report into the crisis in general practice

Tue 4 Nov 2014

Dr Chaand Nagpaul, Chair of the BMA's GP committee said: “This is a timely report from the Nuffield Trust that highlights many of the concerns the BMA have been raising with policy makers. “It is clear that GPs are overstretched and working hard to ensure that the quality of clinical care remains at its current high standard and that the majority of patients remain very satisfied with the care they receive from their local practice.

Society's most vulnerable children and young people are continually failed, making time in custody inevitable, warns BMA

Tue 4 Nov 2014

A new report published today, “Young Lives Behind Bars: The health and human rights of children and young people detained in the criminal justice system", highlights that while the origins of offending behaviour are complex, many of the children and young people in detention represent a failure by the individuals and agencies whose job it is to care for them and support them

BMA response to GMC consultation on doctors' professional duty to be open and honest about mistakes

Mon 3 Nov 2014

Responding to the General Medical Council's consultation on doctors' professional duty to be open and honest about mistakes, Dr Mark Porter, Chair of BMA Council, said: "The BMA strongly believes that patients should always be treated with the utmost respect and in a culture of openness and transparency. We need NHS leaders to commit to making this a practical reality and look forward to Sir Robert Francis' report on his review of 'Freedom to Speak up'.