Now more than ever we need contractual protections for rest and working hours, alongside other positive trade union endeavours like the Fatigue and Facilities Charter. Many of the positive aspects of the response to the pandemic are already being stripped away. If we don’t act now to allow recuperation, there won’t be anything left to give in a second wave. The BMA must now withdraw from the joint statement and work with local representatives to ensure safe rest and hours limits are implemented across the UK.
In our trusts, doctors are being paid the highest salary from:
-The rota they are working
-The rota they were expected to be working from April and had a work schedule for
-The emergency Covid rota
For some trainees, this is worth £3700. Many more have gained over £2000.
Marie-Claire Bradley, a Bristol-based medical student from Northern Ireland, discusses the ongoing issue of abortion in response to debate heard at the BMA’s Annual Representative Meeting 2019, subsequent court cases and imminent legislative change. In June this year, I listened to discussion on the above motion at BMA ARM 2019 in Belfast for the pictured … Read moreAbortion in Northern Ireland
Member Support Services We received an extended extract of the Member Support Services Review, an external look at our employment services for members. The aim is to learn and improve a range of processes, covering member experiences, ‘complex cases’, communications, and other issues. The content of the report is absolutely confidential and the discussion at … Read moreBMA Council September 2019 Report
Author: Giancarlo Bell This is the fifth of several pieces arising from the ARM 2019, explaining our positions on the debates which occurred there. Britain should nationalise its extensive network of private care homes so that the vulnerable residents of these establishments can benefit from the improved standards of care afforded by the staff and … Read moreNationalise Care Homes – ARM
Author: Adaeze Chikwe This is the fourth of several pieces arising from the ARM 2019, explaining our positions on the debates which occurred there. The Broad Left supported this motion which passed unanimously. Knife crime is an ever-growing epidemic in the UK, with rates reaching record level during 2018. According to the Office for National … Read moreKnife Crime is a Public Health Issue – ARM
Authors: Brocha Goode and Emma Runswick This is the third of many pieces arising from the BMA’s Annual Representative Meeting 2019, explaining our position on the debates which occurred there. At the 2019 BMA ARM, supporters of the Broad Left brought forward a motion that the BMA should unionise Physician Associates (PAs), as well as … Read moreWhat Union Should Medical Associate Professionals Be In?
Author: Marina Politis This is the second of many pieces arising from the ARM 2019, explaining our positions on the debates which occurred there. Members of the Broad Left were in favour of this motion. We feel that it is very important for our union and the labour movement to to resist climate injustice and … Read moreClimate Emergency ARM
Author: Chris Smith This is the first of many pieces arising from the ARM 2019, explaining our positions on the debates which occurred there. We are delighted that this motion fell. Several Broad Left members had submitted speaker slips against the motion. The proposer argued that the BMJ was damaging the BMA by publishing information … Read moreBMJ Independence – ARM