British Medical Association

Years And Years Of Training To Be A Doctor Has Led To Today

Dr Charlie Bell | Posted 01.08.2017 | UK
Dr Charlie Bell

For someone who has spent the last decade of my life preparing for this, I don't feel terribly ready - but I imagine that's how most people feel when they go on the wards for the first time. I also know there will be a bunch of very experienced, and as I have found out, very supportive and kind doctors who will be able to make sure I get it right. Being a doctor isn't about being a superhero - it's about working with a team of other incredible healthcare workers, from nurses to physiotherapists, doctors to receptionists, to help your patient.

New Immigration Charge Could Cost NHS Millions And Make Staff Shortages Worse

The Huffington Post | Steven Hopkins | Posted 13.03.2017 | UK

A new immigration charge could cost the NHS millions of pounds and make staff shortages worse, leading healthcare professionals have warned. The healt...

Five Stories You May Have Missed This Week

The Huffington Post | Martha Gill | Posted 10.02.2017 | UK Politics

1. Nearly Every Local Authority Will Raise Council Tax Millions face hikes in council tax as the majority of town halls expect to raise rates, a thin...

STPs Are No Justification For Savage Cuts To Health And Social Care

David Wrigley | Posted 15.12.2016 | UK Politics
David Wrigley

Most importantly, the priority of each and every plan has to be on improving care, not cutting it to save on the budget. The plans must not become an inadequate response to the crisis of the long-term underfunding of health and social care. The last thing we want to see is the government using these transformation plans as a cover for further starving services of resource and patients of care.

The Proof That Shows Just How Desperate Junior Doctors Are To Quit Britain

The Huffington Post | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 02.11.2016 | UK Politics

Australia tightening its visa rules to stem the numbers of doctors leaving Britain is proof medics are being pushed to the brink by Jeremy Hunt, a doc...

Support For Junior Doctors Begins To Slip Away As BMA Calls Off Strike

Matthew Smith | Posted 07.09.2017 | UK Politics
Matthew Smith

The BMA has called off next week's junior doctors' strike, citing patient safety concerns. This may prove to be a prudent move, as new YouGov data reveals that the public increasingly believes that junior doctors are wrong to go on strike.

Studying The Kiwis: Could Britain's Junior Doctors Learn From New Zealand?

Nima Ghadiri | Posted 25.08.2017 | UK Politics
Nima Ghadiri

Based on their track record, would they have hesitated to legally challenge the UK government: particularly on Jeremy Hunt's early assertion that we do not already have a seven-day emergency NHS, a proclamation which has already led to well-documented patient harm?

Junior Doctors REJECT New Contract deal, Prompting BMA Official To Resign

The Huffington Post | Jack Sommers | Posted 05.07.2016 | UK

Junior doctors have voted to reject their new contract, despite their union agreeing to it in a bid to end an unprecedented series of strikes. The Bri...

WhatsApp Leak Reveals Plan To 'Draw Out' Junior Doctors Strike To Damage Jeremy Hunt

The Huffington Post | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 26.05.2016 | UK

Junior doctors' union leaders wanted to "draw out" the strikes with Jeremy Hunt over new pay and working conditions, a leak of their WhatsApp messages...

The Junior Doctor Strikes Could Have Finally Come To An End

The Huffington Post | Jack Sommers | Posted 19.05.2016 | UK

Jeremy Hunt and the British Medical Association (BMA) have reached a breakthrough agreement on a new junior doctors' contract, potentially ending the ...

Should Junior Doctors Strike or Not?

Dr Nicholas M. Almond | Posted 30.04.2017 | UK
Dr Nicholas M. Almond

The responsibility lies with the government; they have chosen to spend £9m on a leaflet about Brexit without spending this on having more junior doctors or investing in a better contract for junior doctors.

Eternal Souring of a Spotless Mind

Simon Fairweather | Posted 20.04.2017 | UK Politics
Simon Fairweather

I have been missing in action for a good couple of months. For fine reason too, a membership examination followed by a brutal rota stint that left me ...

It Doesn't Have to Be Like This - The Government Must Listen to Its Own on the Junior Doctor Contract

Johann Malawana | Posted 07.04.2017 | UK Politics
Johann Malawana

Doctors' contracts are not the problem, but this contract is: it puts the long-term delivery of patient care at risk and the future for our patients, our profession and the NHS as a whole shouldn't be up for negotiation.

Hunt’s Awkward Bicycle Escape Shows How Keen He Is To Dodge Junior Doctor Questions

The Huffington Post | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 06.04.2016 | UK

Jeremy Hunt has dodged calls to answer why he won't negotiate with junior doctors over new pay and working conditions. The health secretary, who impos...

Junior Doctors Escalate Strike Action, Plan Full Walkout Next Month

The Huffington Post | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 23.03.2016 | UK

Junior doctors will stage the first full walkout in the history of the NHS next month. The British Medical Association announced on Wednesday that ind...

Evidence, Politics and a Seven-day NHS

Ed Moran | Posted 22.02.2017 | UK Politics
Ed Moran

Doctors are, I am persuaded, driven by evidence. Sure we get passionate and fixed ideas from time to time. Some of us give up our cherished way of doing something only reluctantly when something better comes along. But ultimately the evidence wins out. Show us the data, give us the resources to change our practice, and away we go.

Jeremy Hunt In Fresh Junior Doctors 'Spin' Row

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Waugh | Posted 24.02.2016 | UK Politics

Jeremy Hunt is facing a fresh ‘spin’ row after it emerged he used unverified and unpublished research to blame junior doctors for weekend deaths i...

These Junior Doctors Spent The Strike Teaching CPR To Toddlers

The Huffington Post | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 10.02.2016 | UK

Groups of junior doctors have been praised for offering a "constructive and positive" approach to the strike by NHS workers taking place across Englan...

Hunt Calling Junior Doctors' Union 'Irresponsible' Made Them VERY Angry

The Huffington Post UK | Jack Sommers | Posted 07.02.2016 | UK Politics

Jeremy Hunt has condemned the junior doctors' union as "irresponsible" for "spreading misinformation" as its members prepare to go on strike this week...

Junior Doctors Strike Suspended As Contract Talks Continue

The Huffington Post UK | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 19.01.2016 | UK

Next week's strike by junior doctors has been suspended as talks continue with the Government over new contracts, the British Medical Association has ...

Jeremy Hunt Accused Of 'Political Game Playing' Over Doctors' Strike

The Huffington Post UK | Jack Sommers | Posted 25.11.2015 | UK

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has been accused of "political game playing" by taking so long to agree to negotiations with junior doctors over their im...

Mass NHS Disruption Expected As Junior Doctors Vote For All-Out Strike

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Huffington Post Staff | Posted 19.11.2015 | UK

Thousands of junior doctors in England have voted overwhelmingly in favour of strikes in a bitter row with the Government. The British Medical Asso...

Surge In Doctors Applying To Work Abroad Is A 'Serious Wake Up Call'

The Huffington Post UK | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 22.09.2015 | UK

A large number of junior doctors may leave the country and work abroad if the government imposes a new contract which would make them work longer hour...

Hunt Savaged By The BMA As Doctors Go To War

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 31.07.2015 | UK Politics

"Furious" doctors declared war on Jeremy Hunt on Saturday, with the British Medical Association chairman lambasting the health secretary for peddling ...

How to Solve 'The NHS Problem', Part Two

Hugh Salmon | Posted 28.01.2015 | UK Politics
Hugh Salmon

Last time, I discussed the need for the NHS to differentiate between 'treatment' and 'care'. In the last week, three stories have emerged to support this view..