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The NHS ombudsman warns GP’s to improve communication between themselves and patients to avoid even more patient complaints.
Last year 17% of all complaints received by the ombudsman were regarding local doctors and over a fifth of those were complaints from patients who felt they had been unfairly removed from their doctor’s lists.
According to the British Medical Association (BMA), anti-social behaviour caused by one member of a family shouldn’t mean that other family members are struck off the list.
Ann Abraham, of the ombudsman states that although the NHS will not …

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Plans to tighten rules on the English language skills of European doctors have been welcomed throughout the profession.
Under current rules the General Medical Council (GMC) is unable to test the language and communication skills of doctors coming from Europe to practice in the UK. This can only be done by individual NHS employers.
However, speaking at the Conservative Party Conference, Health Secretary Andrew Lansley announced that the GMC will be allocated powers that will allow them to take necessary action against anyone with concerning communication skills.
What’s more, NHS bodies will have …

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Dr Brian Keighley, the head of the BMA (British Medical Association) in Scotland, has spoken out about the “panic measures” that are being resorted to in some hospitals in Scotland. His comments came during an interview with BBC Radio Scotland, where he discussed the challenges faced by the NHS due to the reduction in its budget.
The Scottish government made clear in its Comprehensive Spending Review that more than £800 million will be allocated to the Scottish NHS in the next three years. However the BMA disputed this, saying that inflation …

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According to the latest figures released by the Department of Health, there have been 4.7% fewer referrals to hospital made by GPs in the three months from April to July than there were for the same months in 2010.
This has led to concern that it may be storing up problems for the future, as fewer people are getting the care they need at an early stage. Outpatient attendances have also been recorded at a lower level, dropping by 2.7% for the same period year on year.
The British Medical Association has …

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From April 2012, NHS patients in England will have more choice about where they can go for treatment.
In effect, this means that once a patient has been referred from the relevant first port of call – in most instances this will be their GP – they will be able to make a choice about where they will be treated, and by whom.  Providers will have to be qualified, registered and licensed to provide their particular service, and will have to have agreed to accept current NHS fees.  The choices open …

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As hundreds of thousands of public sector workers countrywide came out on strike yesterday, the British Medical Association (BMA) made public its discontent about the proposed pension changes in the NHS.
Officials of the BMA have said the changes will ultimately see health sector workers, including doctors, working longer and paying more but receiving less at the end of their working life.  To this end BMA members have voted in favour of ‘considering’ industrial action.  This means that there is a possibility that doctors too haven’t ruled out the likelihood of …

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The British Medical Association (BMA) has called for a ban on smoking in cars and for tighter restrictions on selling alcohol.
At its conference in Cardiff BMA members voted for a minimum price of 50p per unit of alcohol and restricted licensing hours to be introduced in the hope that it might improve the nation’s health and, consequently, save the NHS billions of pounds.
Dr Sue Robertson, a member of the BMA’s Scottish council explained that a charge of at least 50p a unit could help reduce the volume of underage drinkers …

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Doctors have called for the controversial health and social care bill be withdrawn all together as it’s plans are inadequate to protect the NHS.
At the British Medical Association’s (BMA) annual conference doctors’ representatives expressed disappointment that changes to the bill, agreed by ministers after the NHS Future Forum report, do not go far enough, adding that plans, “fail to satisfactorily address the concerns of the profession.”
Furthermore, the conference ignored the reassurance of the BMA leader Dr Hamish Meldrum, who warned that calls to withdraw the bill altogether would jeopardize the BMA’s …

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Chairman of the British Medical Association tells the Cardiff conference that GP’s are facing a ‘sad litany of threat, uncertainty and criticism.’
Dr Hamish Meldrum stated that in addition to the responsibility of being at the forefront of NHS reforms, GP’s face a ‘drip feed of media attacks’, ‘threats to their contracts’, the ‘madness’ of proposals to scrap practice boundaries and the undermining of their NHS pensions.
“It’s a sad litany of threat, uncertainty and criticism that gnaws away at the professionalism and dedication of those we represent,” he declared.
He added that …

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MP’s have issued a stern warning that the continued confusion in pension reforms could have a severe effect on both recruitment and retention of NHS healthcare workers.  It is feared that the new reforms recommended by the Hutton Review will undermine staff confidence as to the value of their pensions.
The Public Accounts Committee evaluated the 2007-2008 reforms to the public sector pensions and the impact these had on staff.  The committee have criticised The Treasury for not taking this into account and said that they would be wise not to …