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BMA calls urgent meeting for doctors to tackle NHS crises

UK-wide doctors to discuss NHS concerns and evidence-based solutions to protect care

Louise Prime

Thursday, 14 April 2016

The BMA has called an urgent meeting of doctors from across the UK to address the current healthcare crisis, plummeting morale in the medical workforce and the prospect of further risks to patient care in the future. It said doctors nationwide needed the chance to discuss their concerns about the NHS and to come up with potential evidence-based solutions to help protect the future of patient care.

The BMA said it planned the all-day special representative meeting,* which will take place in central London early next month, at the request of doctors nationwide, who have told the BMA they are worried about the impact of the current funding and capacity crises in the NHS, both on patient safety, and on doctors’ ability to help patients.

Invited speakers so far include: Jane Dacre, president of the Royal College of Physicians, who will address morale and workload; Nuffield Trust chair Nigel Edwards, who will lead the discussion on the funding crisis in healthcare; founding chair of Healthwatch England Anna Bradley, who will talk about patients’ perspective; and Sir Michael Marmot (director of the Institute of Health Equity and president of the World Medical Association), who will look at ‘demand, drivers and the impact of austerity’.

BMA council chair Dr Mark Porter commented: “Doctors from across the UK have called on the BMA to hold a meeting in response to the crisis in funding and capacity in healthcare, and the effect these have on both patient safety and doctors’ ability to help patients.

“At a time of unprecedented pressures on healthcare and on those who deliver it, it is time to hear from doctors about the evidence-based solutions needed to protect high quality patient care. This will be an opportunity for doctors to highlight their concerns and outline the necessary solutions.”

* Date: Tuesday 3rd May 2016. Venue: Church House Westminster, Deans Yard, Westminster, London SW1P 3NZ.

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