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BMA Scotland Blasts 'Sensational Headlines' Over GPs Pay

BMA Scotland has defended the hike in salaries offered to GPs after negative publicity over the move resulted in a backlash with critics claiming //that the wage hikes were responsible for NHS deficits. ..The new GP contracts were introduced in 2004 and since then salaries have increased by 25 percent. BMA's Dr Mary Church defended the move and said that the sensational headlines over the pay be...

BMA for Stringent Measures against Bullies

According to a recent report it was found that NHS staffs were being bullied by patients and their relatives and by senior doctors and nurses// . Statistics show that every 1 in 7 people report harrowing experiences from other members of staff. Hence the BMA calling for stringent measures against bullies from the top down in all workplaces in the health service. Bullying and harassment affects th...

Plan to Grade GPs Received a Lukewarm Response by BMA

According to the Royal College of GPs they plan to introduce a system in which the GPs would be graded by a Michelin-style rating system // . They are asking the government to vote in favor for the new scheme of grading but ministers and the British Medical Association were not very keen. According to this the surgeries were to be inspected by doctors, nurses and patients once in three years and...

Step up the legal age for smoking, says BMA Scotland

With a view to deterring youngsters from smoking, the Doctors' representative body BMA Scotland has urged the government to raise the legal age to smoke from the present 16 to 18. According to the BMA chairman//, Dr Peter Terry, this would help in putting-off youngsters from smoking. ....Though the Health Minister Andy Kerr considers this as a beneficial option, yet he feels that the issue merit...

Officer of Anti-Submarine Squadron Quarantined With Tuberculosis

A 32-year-old first-class petty officer, a member of the Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron 4, has been kept in isolation with active tuberculosis. He had returned// on July 6th after a six-month deployment aboard the aircraft carrier Ronald Reagan, the Navy said yesterday. ..The sailor became sick in early June and was initially diagnosed as having pneumonia by ship's medical staff, but was l...

NHS research under pressure, and could face £300 million cut, BMA warn

The BMA today (Thursday 10 August, 2006) questions the government over a possible £300 million drop in the funding available for health research which, it warns, is already// under pressure on several different fronts. ....Under HM Treasury plans, a new single fund of at least £1 billion would be created for health research, which is currently funded jointly by the Medical Research Council and th...

Abolish Car Parking Charges at Welsh Hospitals, says BMA Cymru Wales

Doctors leaders in Wales are calling on the National Assembly for Wales to abolish car parking charges at hospitals throughout Wales and release// patients from a heavy financial burden. ....Welsh Secretary of the BMA, Dr Richard Lewis said: "Charging people to park at hospitals is an indirect tax on healthcare. These days, the vast majority of people who attend hospital clinics do so by car. Of...

BMA Criticises Government Bid to Claw Back Doctors' Pay

The BMA today criticises a recommendation from the Departments of Health in Great Britain that NHS staff should receive below-inflation pay rises//. In its evidence to the independent Doctors and Dentists Review Body, published today, the government argues for a general uplift to doctors’ pay of 1.5%. ....In its own evidence to the Review Body, published yesterday, the BMA said doctors should be...

Gambling to Be Taken as a Serious Addiction, Warns BMA

A report leaked from a special study by UK’S Metropolitan police, stating that the establishment of supercasinos has led to an increase in crime and //anti- social behavior has put the spotlight on problem gamblers. ..Doctors from the British Medical Association (BMA), in their report: Gambling Addiction and its Treatment within the UK, have urged the National Health Service to come out with str...

Smoking on Television is Harmful to the Health of the Nation's Youth: BMA

Deirdre Barlow is obviously stressed. Who wouldn’t be with a daughter like Tracey! But is that a good enough reason to show her puffing her way through// a mountain of cigarettes three or four times a week? ....Deirdre Anne Barlow (née Hunt, formerly Langton and Rachid) is a long-running character on the ITV soap opera Coronation Street. She has been played by Anne Kirkbride since 1972. Deirdre...

Junior Doctors Facing More Misery Because of Contract Deadlock: BMA

Junior doctors who do not get training posts through the flawed Medical Training Application Service (MTAS) could face further misery because the government// is stalling on a new contract for non-training grade doctors, the BMA warns. ....Latest figures show that 34,250 doctors are chasing 18,500 specialist training posts in the UK. The government has so far given no commitment that trainee doc...

Prison Healthcare Under Strain as Overcrowding Crisis Worsens, Warns BMA

Recent figures from the Prison Service revealed that the prison population in England and Wales reached a peak of 80,846 at the end of May and that there were fewer than 300 cells available for new inmates. The prison authorities have already begun using police cells to house prisoners in some areas of the country. ......Dr Ashok Rayani, a prison doctor and member of the BMAs Civil and Public S...

BMA Welcomes Scottish Executives Move to Raise the Purchase Age of Cigarettes

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Pregnancy and Alcohol - a Dangerous Cocktail Warns BMA Scotland

Heavy drinking by pregnant women can cause disorders in their children, says the BMA. These include learning and physical disabilities and behavioural problems which are part of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders [FASD] and can drastically impact on the lives of the individual and those around them. A new BMA report says the reality is that these conditions are completely preventable by not drinki...

BMA Calls for Action to Halt Slide in Medical Academic Recruitment

Urgent action is needed to reverse the continuing decline in the number of academics working in UK medical schools, the BMA said Friday, 18 May 2007 . ......Recent figures from The Medical Schools Council (formerly the Council of Heads of Medical Schools) show that the clinical academic workforce fell yet again last year to 2937, just 83% of 2000 levels. Although the rate of decline between 2005...

BMA Urges Against Merging Fertility and Transplantation Regulatory Bodies

Although the HFEA and the HTA have similarities, there are vast differences in the areas they cover. The complex and sensitive issues that surround reproduction and embryo research are very different from the equally complex and sensitive issues that relate to the retention and use of organs and tissues after death. ......The BMA is very concerned that the proposed new body will not be able to...

Junior Doctors Facing More Misery Because of Contract Deadlock: BMA

Junior doctors who do not get training posts through the flawed Medical Training Application Service (MTAS) could face further misery because the government is stalling on a new contract for non-training grade doctors, the BMA warns. ......Latest figures show that 34,250 doctors are chasing 18,500 specialist training posts in the UK. The government has so far given no commitment that trainee do...

BMA Scotland Publishes Plan to Tackle Scotland's Drink Problem

BMA Scotland today [Monday 25 June 2007] published a five point plan to tackle Scotlands alcohol problem. The five demands where highlighted in a new paper published by BMA Scotland on the opening day of the BMAs annual UK conference in Torquay. ......Alcohol kills six people every day in Scotland and doctors report an increase in the number of young people presenting to the NHS with serious il...

BMA Calls for Flexible Working as Number of Women Doctors Swell

The NHS must provide more flexible working, the BMA says today (Saturday 23 June, 2007), as new figures show that female doctors embarking on NHS careers outnumber men by almost three to two. ......A cohort of 435 doctors who graduated from UK medical schools in 2006 will be surveyed by the BMA for the next ten years. Almost three in five (58%) are female, compared with 51% in 1995, when the BM...

Prison Healthcare Continues to Fail Despite Emergency Measures, Warns BMA

The early release of more than a thousand prisoners has failed to solve the crisis that is undermining prison healthcare and prisoner rehabilitation programmes, said the BMA today. ......The 19th July marks the one month anniversary of the Ministry of Justices introduction of emergency measures designed to alleviate the overcrowding crisis in English and Welsh prisons. A key element of the Gove...

Polyclinics Could Threaten NHS Services, Warns BMA

Changes to health services in London are long overdue but it is unclear how the latest proposals announced by London Strategic Health Authority, would improve patient care in the capital , BMA leaders claim. ......Dr Tiz North, chairman of the BMAs London Regional Council, said: There is a case for changing how some services are provided in London but doctors fear that some of these proposals may...

BMA Scotland Calls for Public Debate on How Best to Increase Organ Donation Rates

BMA Scotland has renewed its calls for a public debate on the need for a system of presumed consent for organ donation. The call comes in the event of the launching of National Transplant Week (7-14 July 2007). ......With waiting lists for organs at an all time high, and with the gap between the number of organs available and the number of people needing a transplant showing no sign of narrowin...
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