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Time for BMA to live up to its trade union role

As a profession we have reached a turning point in history. The new contracts for primary and secondary carers have not only angered but also deeply divided the grassroots.

Perhaps the biggest issue for doctors in the NHS today is their loss of professionalism. The reluctance of our political masters to give a fair hearing to the concerns of colleagues on the frontline has made the profession feel vulnerable, alienated, frustrated and hopeless.

The time has come for the BMA to represent the profession as a trade union. Since the Griffiths report, managers and doctors within the NHS have taken divergent paths, resulting in dysfunctional relationships at the workplace. This is where the BMA has to step in with vigour.

Members pay their subscriptions in the expectation that the BMA will provide the security they need at times of crisis amid allegations of inequality, harassment and bullying in the workplace.

Its successful representation of the two primary care doctors in the North East and its immediate intervention in the case of the consultant in middle England is good news for the entire profession

Dr Sati Ariyanayagam

Brentwood

BMA Council Member

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