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Dr Chaand Nagpaul, BMA council chair, said: "This is not a time to be complacent. We know that some doctors have sadly died or developed significant illnesses as a result of this terrible disease, which is why every one of them, be they new to the NHS or returning from retirement, must have access to enhanced death in service cover."
01 April 2020
The BMA is seeking clarity from the Government on what it is that healthcare staff should do and, particularly, what risks they should not have to take if they do not have adequate personal protective equipment (PPE).
31 March 2020
The British Medical Association (BMA) has today announced a new partnership with HEROES: Help them help us to protect the physical and mental wellbeing of doctors on the frontline during the Covid-19 pandemic.
30 March 2020
Dr Rob Harwood, BMA consultants committee chair, said: “Our hearts go out to Mr Amged El-Hawrani’s family. So many doctors are selflessly putting themselves at risk to care for Covid-19 patients and this well-respected doctor may have paid the ultimate price."
29 March 2020
BMA council chair Dr Chaand Nagpaul said:“On behalf of the entire medical profession in the UK, I send my deepest condolences to the families and loved ones of these brave and committed doctors in Italy, who lost their lives as they selflessly battled to save and care for patients from this virus."
BMA council chair Dr Chaand Nagpaul said: 'While the Government has announced this this will commence with certain categories of staff, it is crucial that these tests are rolled out to all healthcare workers and their households urgently – so that if they do test negative, they can support the health service at a time when they are needed most.'
27 March 2020
Dr Chaand Nagpaul, BMA council chair, said: “A construction worker wouldn’t be allowed to work without a hard hat and proper boots... And yet this Government expects NHS staff to put themselves at risk of serious illness, or even death, by treating highly infectious Covid-19 patients without wearing proper protection."
25 March 2020
BMA council chair Dr Chaand Nagpaul responds to the latest televised announcement by the Prime Minister where he issued tougher measures on social distancing.
23 March 2020
BMA council chair Dr Chaand Nagpaul comments on concerns that people are not following social distancing measures effectively and the impact this is having on the NHS.
Dr Chaand Nagpaul, BMA council chair, said: "At a time when we need our NHS more than ever, staff must be properly protected and should not be exposing themselves to high-risk situations where they could become infected – this could have a potentially devastating impact on our workforce capacity and effectiveness of our already-stretched health service."
21 March 2020
Responding to the call for former doctors to return to the frontline of the NHS to help tackle the Covid-19 pandemic, Dr Chaand Nagpaul, BMA council chair said: “We need to have as many NHS staff as we possibly can because of the crisis we are in. Given the wealth of knowledge and experience of recently retired doctors and nurses, they are going to be invaluable in the coming weeks and months.
20 March 2020
The BMA says all frontline NHS staff treating patients with, or suspected to have Covid-19, must have a reliable supply of the proper protective equipment.
19 March 2020
Dr David Bailey, Chair Welsh Council, welcomes priority testing for frontline healthcare workers in Wales.
18 March 2020
Dr Phil Banfield, Chair WCC, states that additional staff and equipment are essential.
Dr Phil White, Chair GPC Wales, encourages GPs to contact their health boards.
Dr David Bailey, Chair Welsh Council, welcomes these steps.
13 March 2020
BMA’s Northern Ireland general practitioners committee welcomes suspension of the profession’s performance payment system from today in light of the escalating COVID-19 crisis.
Dr Phil White, Chair GPC Wales welcomes Welsh Government's announcement
12 March 2020
Dr Chaand Nagpaul, BMA council chair, said: "For patients to be able to have the best care possible, the NHS must support its staff to provide that care as well as paying for more equipment and facilities."
11 March 2020
Dr Vishal Sharma, BMA pensions committee chair, said: 'The vast majority of doctors are now removed from the effect of the taper and will no longer be in a situation where they are paying to go to work'
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