Should the NHS be exempt from new immigration charge?

  • March 13th, 2017
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The Immigration Skills Charge (ISC), which comes in to effect in April, will have a damaging effect on the NHS, the British Medical Association (BMA) and Royal College of Nursing (RCN) warn. The charge means the NHS must pay £1,000 each year for any worker coming in to the UK from outside the European Union. […]

BMA suspends strikes due to patient safety concerns

  • September 26th, 2016
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Junior doctors have called off planned strikes in October, November and December, due to concerns that stopping work for an extended period would endanger patients. Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said the proposed new contract conditions are fair and will help to provide a seven-day NHS, however junior doctors have argued that it is unsafe and […]

Junior doctors’ strike called off

  • September 7th, 2016
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The British Medical Association (BMA) has called off the junior doctors’ strike, which was due to take place in September, after NHS England warned hospitals had not been given enough notice. The BMA junior doctors’ committee chair Dr Ellen McCourt said: “Patient safety remains doctors’ primary concern. “While the BMA provided more than the required […]

Junior doctors will stage a series of five-day strikes

  • September 1st, 2016
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The British Medical Association (BMA) has announced junior doctors will stage the first national five-day strike in the history of the NHS next month following Jeremy Hunt’s imposition of the new contract. The strike will take place from 8am to 5pm every day from the 12th to 16th September. Ellen McCourt, the BMA junior doctors’ […]

Should GP appointments be longer?

  • August 31st, 2016
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The British Medical Association (BMA) has called for GP appointments to be longer following doctors being forced to see up to 60 patients a day. The current standard slot is 10 minutes, however the BMA GPs committee (GPC) believe that increasing the appointments by five minutes would help improve decision-making and service. NHS England has […]

Junior doctors’ dispute continues

  • August 15th, 2016
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Junior doctors are considering further strikes in September following Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt confirming the new contract would be imposed last month. The contract was rejected by the BMA in July after 58% of junior doctors and medical students opposed it in a ballot, with a 68% turnout. The junior doctors committee (JDC) of the […]

Jeremy Hunt to impose new junior doctor contract

  • July 12th, 2016
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Following junior doctors rejecting the new contract in a recent ballot, Jeremy Hunt has said he will move forward with the new contract. A deal agreed with the British Medical Association (BMA) was rejected by 58% in a referendum of junior doctor and medical student members, even though the BMA had urged them to accept […]

Share your opinions: safe rotas for junior doctors

  • April 25th, 2016
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Ensuring the safety of our doctors and the patients they treat is our priority. The UK General Medical Council has issued advice to junior doctors on covering gaps in their rotas following a number of queries from social media. Each doctor has the right to inform the GMC of patient safety and staff shortages. We […]