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BMA survey seeks to find out how NHS could become more 'caring' to doctors

The BMA has launched a survey of members in a bid to find out what makes them want to work for the NHS.

The ‘Caring, supportive, collaborative: a future vision for the NHS’ project, will survey doctors across the UK in a bid to inform the health service what it needs to do to ensure it is an environment that doctors want to work in.

BMA chair Dr Chaand Nagpaul said this comes as 'the NHS is in a perilous state'.

According to Dr Nagpaul, a GP in north west London and the former chair of the BMA's GP Committee, the project is 'a vital opportunity to engage in an honest and robust conversation about the future of the NHS', as well as a 'a chance to set a vision for what a caring, supportive and collaborative health care system should look like'.

'Given the current crisis within the health service, with increased waiting times, rising bed occupancy levels and extreme pressure in hospitals and general practice, we must define a future NHS that is properly resourced in which doctors are able to provide the best care for patients,' he said.

'We must strive for a healthcare system that ends division between services and is instead based on collaboration - one that enables all doctors and healthcare staff to work as one team across boundaries, and put patient care above organisational or financial targets.’

It comes as the number of full-time equivalent GPs in England decreased by 1,200 from September 2016 to September 2017, despite a Government pledge to grow numbers by 5,000 between 2015 and 2020.

Readers' comments (8)

  • BMA surveys the group of doctors who have become accustomed to their incompetence and are still willing to pay for their feeble efforts?

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  • Not me anymore.Stoppede membership bet they still send survey and not very efficient.

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  • Ceasing the Appraisal and Revalidation farce would be a good first step.

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  • Headline should read : why are doctors stupid enough to work for the NHS? The words boiling water and frogs come to mind.

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  • doctordog.

    Pay us more.

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  • Dr Nagpaul was given a mandate to ballot for resignation at the LMC conference. They did not bother.
    The reason GPs are disappearing is because it is just too difficult giving rise to burnout, anxiety and depression with the threat of litigation, manslaughter charges and so on.
    The BMA simply do not look after their doctors. Read the Junior doctor's diary if you want the hospital side or look at Dr BG, working double shifts covering 4 other doctors.
    If the BMA was any kind of Union and safeguarded its workforce, we would not have this crisis.
    More and more surveys are pointless.
    The BMA's attitude needs to change.
    To put it simply, if you do not look after your doctors, you will not have them to look after you.

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  • hear hear all for one quit the BMA the gutless,usless union.£500 what you could do with that in your pocket rather than theirs.

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  • The BMA should get all of us out of the NHS. All the bureaucrats will disappear. It is only between the doctor and the patient that matters. No more prior approval applications etc. needed. No one will come for social problems that a pill cannot help. Suddenly we can actually do medicine again.

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