Vote of no confidence in Hunt

The British Medical Association, which represents more than 150,000 doctors and medical students, today passed a motion of no confidence in Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt at the union's annual representative meeting in Edinburgh.

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Patients may have to 'pay for own medical services'

Senior doctors will say at a British Medical Association meeting in Edinburgh today that patients might have to pay for some services themselves because the NHS will not be able to provide everything the public wants, according to The Times (£).

According to the newspaper, Gordon Matthews, of the BMA consultants' committee, will tell the conference:

There has never before been a more important time for the Government, the opposition, doctors and other health professionals to engage with the public, to explain the issues and seek consensus as to what priorities are for health and social care, and making explicit what can be funded from central taxation and what cannot.

Everyone recognises that we're in times of austerity, there isn't a lot of money around, while public expectations have gone up and up, medical treatments have become more expensive and there isn't an easy way to square the circle.

Doctors are 'drowning in red tape' over health reforms

Doctors are "drowning in red tape" the chair of council at the British Medical Association has said, after new figures revealed that almost two thirds of doctors felt "less empowered" by the Government's controversial health reforms.

Dr Mark Porter said:

Despite the huge and relentless pressures they face, many doctors remain enthusiastic and motivated about working in the NHS, and this is very heartening, but it is a grave cause for concern that those who wanted to make improvements to patient services feel there are barriers prohibiting that.

It is particularly worrying that the pressures so many doctors are experiencing on a daily basis appear to be getting worse.

Doctors should be encouraged and supported, not burnt out and drowning in red tape.


Over 80% of doctors say work pressure is 'high'

More than 80% of doctors have said that pressure at work is 'high', according to new figures published by the British Medical Association (BMA).

The poll found that out of the 1,000 doctors surveyed, GPs reported the highest level of pressure.

Many medics questioned by the BMA who wanted to make improvements felt "hindered to do so", with red tape and lack of capacity listed as the top barriers for making enhancements.

Doctors feel 'less empowered' by reforms

Doctors 'not empowered' by reforms. Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

Almost two-thirds of doctors feel less "empowered" than they did before the Government's controversial health reforms, a new poll suggests.

Ministers said that the Health and Social Care Act would put doctors in the driving seat but only two months after its implementation, 65% of doctors feel less empowered than they did a year ago, according to the British Medical Association (BMA).

Two thirds said they wanted to make changes or improvements in the last year but were unable to, with red tape and lack of capacity listed as the top barriers for making enhancements.

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