BMA warns of coalition policies failing children on a grand scale

Doctors’ union report condemns austerity drive that hits most vulnerable and drives inequality, poverty, and ill health A raft of coalition policies threatens to have profoundly deleterious effects on children’s lives, driving widening inequalities and sending more families into poverty, according to a scathing report by the British Medical Association. In the 250-page analysis, entitled […]


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NHS clinical commissioning is already in a critical condition | Kailash Chand

It could work, but poor implementation, GP disengagement and cuts threaten to smother this health service restructuring Following the passage of a deeply divisive health bill, we are now in the middle of the authorisation of clinical commissioning groups (CCGs), the bodies that have been given the tricky task of making clinical commissioning a reality. […]


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NHS rationing is putting health at risk, says doctors’ leader

Mark Porter, the new British Medical Association’s chair of council, says cuts and rationing of drugs may harm patients The NHS is putting patients’ health at risk by denying them drugs and operations because of growing rationing being imposed to save money, the new leader of Britain’s doctors has warned. The drive to meet demanding […]


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BMA’s new leader: ‘There’s no evidence that a part-privatised NHS runs better’

Dr Mark Porter is preparing to clash with the government on two fronts: doctors’ pensions and the future direction of the NHS The new leader of Britain’s doctors names Nye Bevan, the chief architect of the National Health Service, among his political heroes, suggesting he is probably not the biggest fan of the coalition’s hugely […]


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MPs push for tighter rules on alcohol ads and sponsorship

Commons health select committee warns drinks firms to do more to tackle the damage to health that their products cause Tough curbs on alcohol advertising and a possible ban on drinks companies sponsoring sporting and cultural events are needed to reduce the 6,500 deaths a year caused by drinking, MPs say today. The Commons health […]


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Doctors’ union calls strike on 21 June

Emergency medical care will continue, but British Medical Association members will postpone non-urgent cases Doctors will take industrial action on 21 June in a dispute over pensions, the British Medical Association has announced. Its members will provide urgent and emergency care but will postpone non-urgent cases. The doctors voted for industrial action for the first […]


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NHS Direct replacement will lead to poorer outcomes, doctors claim

Private sector firms reluctant to bid for NHS 111 contracts, while BMA voices serious concerns A 24-hour patient helpline being trialled by the Department of Health to replace NHS Direct has led to more ambulance callouts and potentially lowered the standard of care for children, doctors claim. Although some private sector firms have refused to […]


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NHS bill ‘not fit for purpose’, say doctors

BMA offers scathing assessment of Andrew Lansley’s plans, warning of creep towards privatisation of commissioning Profit-driven firms may oust GPs from their key role in deciding what treatments patients need because of creeping privatisation in primary care caused by the coalition’s NHS shakeup, doctors’ leaders have warned. The British Medical Association (BMA) said on Thursday […]


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BMA to ballot doctors on strike over pensions

Ballot on strike over NHS pension changes will be first time doctors have voted on industrial action since 1975 The British Medical Association has decided to ballot doctors for industrial action over the government’s reform of the NHS pension scheme. The ballot will be the first time that doctors have voted on such action since […]


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