The British Medical Association
We are three months away from the deadline set for contract negotiations for consultants in England and Northern Ireland. Since discussions began last October, they have focused on two key issues - the provision of seven-day services and pay progression.
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Everyone is a negotiator, all the time. We negotiate with colleagues, with our partners or kids, with friends, with strangers. But few of us have been part of a formal negotiating team.
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Tags: consultant contract
We must hope the tide is turning in favour of Meriam Ibrahim, the Sudanese doctor sentenced to death for apostasy following her conversion from Islam to Christianity.
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Goethe said that daring ideas are like chess pieces moving forward. They may be beaten individually, but they can still be part of a winning game.
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When austerity measures are imposed the most vulnerable members of society can be the ones who most feel the pinch.
Tags: child and teenage health
The government 'doesn’t get' the NHS. That was the frank assessment made by BMA council chair Mark Porter in his address to the annual representative meeting.
Tags: ARM 2014, funding, health and social care act
‘There are cuts, cut and cuts – or in the words of the government “efficiency savings”.’
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Two years ago the Health and Social Care Act dominated political debate in Westminster.
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The BMA has come a long way since its set-up as a ‘friendly and scientific’ forum in 1832, but its basic premise to look out for the interests of doctors so they can do the best for their patients is unchanged.
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