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Independents' Day

BMA calls on politicians to stop large scale reorganisations

The BMA is calling on political parties to pledge to support doctors and end large-scale NHS reorganisations in its new manifesto, being launched in the run up to the 2015 general election.

The BMA sets four areas which political parties should make a priority for their election campaigns: working in partnership with doctors to ensure a sustainable NHS, supporting the medical workforce, improving the health of the public, and assuring the quality and safety of patient care.

This includes taking ‘decisive’ action on the ‘considerable harm’ caused by public health and lifestyle issues, like alcohol, smoking, and nutrition and to create an open culture in the NHS where doctors can address and identify clinical failings without punitive reprisals.

BMA chairman Dr Mark Porter will take the manifesto to the party conferences, which begin this weekend, so the opportunity to make these ‘urgently needed’ changes is not missed.

Dr Porter writes: ‘Our manifesto is about solutions. It offers four steps, based on the daily, frontline experience of doctors. We believe they are what a new government needs to do to create a healthier nation.’

He added: ‘Elections – and governments – come and go. While a general election provides the opportunity to highlight the changes we urgently need, our daily focus, as doctors, is on our patients and their care.’

Readers' comments (3)

  • I would love to have faith in the BMA... but the organisation is still blowing hot air while Rome burns!!

    Its impotence is the main reason this (and any future government) will seek to balance the books by attacking the working conditions of medical (and other health related staff).

    If only the BMA would realise that we actually provide a service that no one else can provide (at short notice anyway). The BMA should helping the profession develop plans to leave the NHS. At the very least it would bring the government to real negotiations. At best it would give a realistic plan B to those so fed up they are about to leave anyway.

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  • Any manifesto promise is not worth the paper it is written on - something most realise, so should the BMA

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  • The BMA is a union for the Doctors. Their only manifesto should be about helping Doctors working conditions and fighting against the governments BS reorganizations and lack of funding. It needs to let other bodies (public health may be) worry about all the stuff in the manifesto. I quit the BMA 3 years ago and have seen nothing so far that would make me remotely be interested in joining. They DO NOT REPRESENT THE JOBBING DOCTOR!

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