British Medical Association

Should Junior Doctors Strike or Not?

Dr Nicholas M. Almond | Posted 02.05.2016 | 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 20.04.2016 | 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 07.04.2016 | 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 24.02.2016 | 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Jeremy Hunt is facing a fresh ‘spin’ row after it emerged he used unverified and unpublished research to blame junior doctors for weekend deaths i...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..

Doctors Fear That Right-To-Die Law Will Mean 'Death Squads'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 17.07.2014 | UK

Changing the law on assisted dying could create "death squads" of doctors forced to administer euthanasia to patients, a health professor has warned. ...

This Is What Doctors Think About Legalising Pot

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 25.06.2014 | UK

Doctors have voted down a motion that would push for the legalisation of cannabis, but have instead called for anyone born after the year 2000 to be b...

UK Edging Closer To Legalisation Of Cannabis?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 25.06.2014 | UK

Cannabis use should be treated as a health issue and not a criminal act, leading doctors will hear. Delegates at the British Medical Association's ...

Immigration: No More Pandering to Prejudice

Robin Lustig | Posted 30.07.2014 | UK Politics
Robin Lustig

Immigration is good. There, I've said it. Now I wait to be struck down by a thunder bolt. A country that attracts immigrants is a healthy country. It boasts a growing economy, a stable society, and offers a safe environment for children to grow up in. Its people live under the rule of law, with freedom of speech and of religion. It's a country of which I'm immeasurably proud to be a citizen. Without immigrants, Britain would be a much poorer place. It would be hungrier, dirtier and less healthy. It's immigrants who pick and pack the food that we eat, immigrants who clean our offices and streets, immigrants who keep the NHS going and care for the elderly in their homes and nursing homes.

The Case for GP Charges

Cathy Corrie | Posted 22.07.2014 | UK Politics
Cathy Corrie

Though likely to divide the crowd, the very notion that a user charge is up for discussion by the BMA is a serious wake up call as to the times we live in. NHS England has forecast a £30billion black hole in the NHS budget by the end of the decade...

Doctors 'Outraged' Over Pay Deal

The Huffington Post/PA | Posted 22.03.2014 | UK

Doctors have been left with a "deep sense of outrage" over the Health Secretary's "failure" to grant them a basic 1% pay rise, the British Medical Ass...

Paul Vale

Anti-Socialist Fear Mongering Is 'Nothing New' In US Healthcare Debate

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Vale | Posted 07.10.2013 | UK

In January 1948, British Prime Minister Clement Attlee gave a radio address to explain the introduction of the National Health Service (NHS), part of ...

Abortion Based On Gender 'Not Against The Law'

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

The decision not to prosecute two doctors accused of arranging abortions based on sex remains the right one, Britain's top prosecutor has said, as the...

Jeremy Hunt's Comments On Abortion 'Completely Ignorant' Say Doctors

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 26.06.2013 | UK Politics

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt displayed "complete ignorance" when he made comments about abortion time limits when he first took up his post, leading d...

The Founding Principle of the NHS Is That It Is Free at the Point of Need

Christina McAnea | Posted 25.08.2013 | UK
Christina McAnea

The founding principle of the NHS is that it is free at the point of need. Can the new system in England sustain this? Will healthcare be free for long-term conditions such as cancer, diabetes, arthritis etc probably yes - even this right wing market driven government may not go so far as to change that.