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Results for April 2015 - 11 press releases.

BMA publishes ‘Every doctor a scientist and a scholar' calling for lifelong development of doctors' research and teaching skills

Thu 16 Apr 2015

The BMA is today publishing ‘Every doctor a scientist and a scholar' which calls for lifelong training and development of research and teaching skills for all doctors.

BMA NI warns continued lack of action in medical workforce planning is causing serious medical staff shortages (BMA Northern Ireland)

Wed 15 Apr 2015

Chair of BMA Northern Ireland Council, Dr John D Woods speaks after BMA Northern Ireland presented to the Health Committee on the Review of medical workforce planning,

Over a third of NI GPs plan to retire in next five years (BMA Northern Ireland)

Wed 15 Apr 2015

The latest figures from the BMA's largest ever survey of 15,000 GPs throughout the UK has revealed that over a third (35%) of NI GPs plan to retire in the next five years with 18 percent planning to move into part time roles.

A third of GPs considering retirement as BMA survey of 15,000 GPs calls into question politicians' pledges on GP recruitment

Wed 15 Apr 2015

A third of GPs are considering retiring from general practice within the next five years according to the latest figures from the BMA's survey of 15,560 GPs. The results call into question the feasibility of election pledges in recent manifesto announcements from political parties promising to dramatically increase the number of GPs in the next Parliament.

BMA Humanitarian Fund announces £30,000 for health projects in developing countries

Mon 13 Apr 2015

NHS staff planning to work on humanitarian projects overseas can apply for grants of up to £3,000 from the British Medical Association's Humanitarian Fund from today.

BMA response to proposals for same day GP appointments for over 75s

Sat 11 Apr 2015

Responding to Conservative proposals for same GP day appointments for the over 75s, Dr Chaand Nagpaul, BMA GP committee chair, said: "It is important that we ensure older people get the level of care they need and deserve. However, we need to be wary of promises made in the run-up to an election that are without clear plans as to how these would be funded and delivered.

More time with patients is top priority for Scottish GPs finds new BMA survey (BMA Scotland)

Thu 9 Apr 2015

GPs should have longer consultations with patients in order to help meet their needs, a major new BMA survey has found. The poll, which received responses from 37% of GPs in Scotland, also found that the vast majority of GPs feel that their heavy workload is having a negative impact on the quality of care their patients receive.

Under pressure GPs need more time to treat their patients, warns biggest ever BMA survey of 15,000 GPs

Thu 9 Apr 2015

GPs need to be freed from the constraints of the ten minute consultation to help meet their patients' needs according to a major new BMA survey.The poll also found that almost all GPs feel that their heavy workload is having a negative impact on the quality of patient services and many GP practices doubted they had the ability to provide blanket seven day opening.The survey heard from 15,560 grassroots GPs and is one of the largest recent tests of opinion of the profession.

BMA response to Labour announcement on GP access

Tue 7 Apr 2015

Dr Chaand Nagpaul, BMA GP Committee Chair, said: "This once again highlights the shameless use of general practice and the NHS by all parties to score political points ahead of May 7th.

Leading BMA NI GP Dr Tom Black responds to announcement of £15 million investment in GP services (BMA Northern Ireland)

Wed 1 Apr 2015

Speaking about the announcement of a £15 million investment package in GP services, Dr Tom Black, chair of the BMA Northern Ireland GP Committee (NIGPC) said: “We welcome this additional funding and the fact that the Minister is taking steps to begin addressing some of the urgent problems in general practice. However Northern Ireland needs a long-term commitment of recurrent funding if we are to see a positive impact on GP services".

BMA response to BMJ research paper on political parties' election pledges on GP services

Wed 1 Apr 2015

Responding to a BMJ research paper questioning the validity of election pledges from the two main political parties on GP services, Dr Chaand Nagpaul, BMA GP Committee chair, said: “It is disappointing that despite the promises made at the start of the general election campaign, politicians are continuing to play games with the future of GP services rather than working on long term solutions to the challenges facing patient care. This BMJ study reinforces the BMA's concerns that evidence is lacking behind current political pledges and that there is little likelihood of achieving the increases in GP numbers proposed within the next Parliament.