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  • Coronavirus 'action plan' includes Army

    The Government has announced its ‘action plan’ to deal with an escalated outbreak of coronavirus – including bringing in the Army to help civilian authorities and encouraging retired healthcare staff to return to work.

    Date: 05 March 2020

  • Balm of hurt minds: the search for a good night's sleep

    For Guy Leschziner’s patients, sleep is not a remission from their ills, but often where the trouble really starts. He tells Peter Blackburn about the things that go bump in the night in his study of sleep disorders

    Date: 14 February 2020

  • GP deal will make a 'real difference'

    Doctors have voted to accept a package of changes – including extra investment – to the GP contract in England for 2020-21

    Date: 06 February 2020

  • Patient early discharge threat

    BMA council chair Chaand Nagpaul has warned the NHS is ‘woefully underfunded’ after a hospital trust told doctors they might have to discharge patients early, despite the risk they could come to harm.

    Date: 22 January 2020

  • Workload undermines PCNs, finds survey

    PCNs (primary care networks) could make a positive difference if given resources, time and practical support – but workload has proven unmanageable for a significant proportion, a BMA survey has revealed

    Date: 15 January 2020

  • Submit your views on PCN plans

    The BMA has urged GPs, practices and local medical committees to give their views about the draft specifications for PCNs (primary care networks) – with negotiations on the next stages of the process continuing.

    Date: 09 January 2020

  • No place to recover – the rocketing demand on the NHS from homeless patients and the staff trying to break the cycle

    Homeless people are attending hospital in ever greater numbers but are discharged back to the streets where they can enter a spiral of decline, readmission and premature death. Peter Blackburn meets those trying to restore hope

    Date: 11 December 2019

  • Gain insight into primary care networks

    Doctors and staff involved in designing and developing PCNs (primary care networks) are invited to a conference featuring the most influential national experts and grassroots leaders from around the country.

    Date: 10 December 2019

  • NHS on the cusp of collapse

    Overcrowding and underfunding have left patients and doctors at risk and, as a demanding summer turns into a winter of alarming challenges, how will the NHS cope? Peter Blackburn talks to doctors across the UK struggling on the front line

    Date: 14 November 2019

  • BMA launches a manifesto for health

    The BMA has called for increased investment to put the NHS back on a sustainable footing and an end to the punitive pension tax system which is driving doctors out of the workforce, in a manifesto to the political parties contesting the upcoming general election.

    Date: 07 November 2019

  • Trust holds up requests for rota records

    The BMA has demanded answers from a hospital trust after it suggested it would put requests for rota-monitoring information from doctors ‘on hold’

    Date: 15 October 2019

  • A sea of troubles – prescription drug dependency

    Patients who become dependent on prescription drugs often lack the support and information they need. Following years of work by the BMA and campaigners, they are being promised new services and clinical guidelines. Peter Blackburn reports

    Date: 10 October 2019

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