It ’s #NotTooMuchToMask; let’s keep protecting ourselves and each other against the ongoing threat of COVID-19
As the final coronavirus restrictions across England are lifted and the legal requirements to wear a face mask and social distance come to an end, leading healthcare organisations, charities, unions and medical professionals have joined forces to support the public to make sensible choices that can keep themselves and others safe from infection. Launching a new campaign #NotTooMuchToMask, the group, led by the NHS Confederation, alongside a host of other organisations are encouraging everyone to keep protecting themselves and each other from catching or passing on coronavirus at a time when cases are soaring, and hosp...
Source: UNISON Health care news - July 19, 2021 Category: UK Health Authors: Fatima Ayad Tags: Press release Christina McAnea Covid-19 face masks Source Type: news

It ’s #NotTooMuchToMask
As the final coronavirus restrictions across England are lifted and the legal requirements to wear a face mask and social distance come to an end, leading healthcare organisations, charities, unions and medical professionals have joined forces to support the public to make sensible choices that can keep themselves and others safe from infection. Launching a new campaign #NotTooMuchToMask, the group, led by the NHS Confederation, alongside a host of other organisations are encouraging everyone to keep protecting themselves and each other from catching or passing on coronavirus at a time when cases are soaring, and hosp...
Source: UNISON Health and safety news - July 19, 2021 Category: Occupational Health Authors: Fatima Ayad Tags: Press release Christina McAnea Covid-19 face masks Source Type: news

Coronavirus live news: doctors call for England to keep some restrictions after 19 July; Indonesia in partial lockdown
BMA chair says easing restrictions not an ‘all or nothing decision’; Indonesia locks down Bali and Java in effort to curb surging infectionsParents angry at shifting government Covid messages, say school leadersThailand reports record Covid-19 cases amid fears over vaccine shortagesDelta variant poses threat to New Zealand ’s Covid-free bubbleSee all our coronavirus coverage8.44amBSTParents are angry and confused by the government ’s shifting messages over how schools deal with Covid outbreaks among pupils, according to a headteachers’ leader, who says “exhausted” staff are unlikel...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - July 3, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Clea Skopeliti Tags: Coronavirus Science Vaccines and immunisation Society Health World news Source Type: news

Ministers urged to keep some Covid restrictions after 19 July due to ‘alarming’ rise in cases
Leading doctors are urging the government to keep ‘sensible, cautious’ measures in place to minimise spread of virusLeading doctors are urging the government to keep some measures in place in England after 19 July in a bid to help control the spread of Covid amid the “alarming” rise in cases.The British Medical Association (BMA) said that keeping some protective measures in place was “crucial” to stop spiralling cases numbers having a “devastating impact” on people’s health, the NHS, the economy and education.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - July 3, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Press Association Tags: Coronavirus UK news Infectious diseases Science World news Source Type: news

Medical chief on what he thinks Sajid Javid's priorities should be
British Medical Association chair Dr Chaand Nagpaul urges Sajid Javid to focus on vaccinations and the NHS backlog. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - June 27, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Why suggesting mandatory Covid vaccines is an ethical minefield | Melinda Mills
It ’s not only the UK’s public sector that is mulling compulsory jabs. Often the carrot can be more powerful than the stickLast week we learned of a government consultation expected to announcemandatory Covid-19 vaccinations for care home staff, and possibly NHS staff too. This sparked debate as to the ethics and legality of such a move, not to mention the strain it could put on an already beleaguered workforce. A number of stakeholders opposed the move, from NHS providers to the British Medical Association. But it is not just the healthcare sector that is weighing up such considerations: arecent survey in the ...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - June 22, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Melinda Mills Tags: Vaccines and immunisation Coronavirus Health Infectious diseases Science Society UK news Work & careers World news Source Type: news

One Voice
One of the most important things that the coronavirus pandemic has highlighted over the past year has been that the physical and emotional wellbeing of health and care staff, must be of equal priority to that of patients. This has not always been the case in the past for a number of reasons, including a narrow focus on performance and, sometimes, putting patients’ needs ahead of our own. Staff who are psychosocially healthy are better able to meet the needs and preferences of patients. So, it is essential to respond to needs of staff now as we emerge from the critical stage of the pandemic and the NHS is in its most ...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - June 10, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Hassan Govia Tags: health Source Type: news

GP face-to-face refuseniks take note: If I can read your Twitter rants, so can your patients
BARNEY CALMAN: The hysterics are being led by doctors' political group the British Medical Association, and rabble-rousing Pulse (pictured: the GP magazine's June edition). (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - June 5, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

In-person GP appointments are 'not safe' for patients, British Medical Association says
The British Medical Association has sparked fury by claiming walk-in GP appointments are not safe for patients because poor ventilation means they are at risk of Covid infection. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - June 3, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

GPs slam health chiefs over 'tone deaf' orders to see patients face-to-face
The British Medical Association's (BMA) GP committee yesterday said medics had been let down by NHS England. Patients now have the right to see their family doctor face-to-face. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - May 21, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Quarantine for overseas doctors risks ‘devastating impact’ on staffing
Ministers should exempt doctors from ‘red-listed’ countries from paying ‘prohibitive’ hotel quarantine charges or risk a ‘devastating impact’ on the NHS, the British Medical Association has said. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - May 20, 2021 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Urgent action needed to address chronic undersupply of NHS staff
The NHS urgently needs billions of pounds of extra investment to shore up staff numbers, and head off a haemorrhaging of doctors, nurses and other frontline health workers. The NHS Confederation, NHS Providers, the British Medical Association, the Royal College of Nursing, the Academy of Royal Medical Colleges and Unison have penned a joint letter to the Prime Minister warning of the ‘very real risk’ that if NHS staff leave a vicious circle will be created where ‘staff vacancies are the greatest threat to the retention of NHS staff’. The six organisations, which together represent most of the NHS wo...
Source: UNISON Health care news - April 22, 2021 Category: UK Health Authors: Garfield Myrie Tags: News Press release nhs pay Sara Gorton Source Type: news

Rest, recover, restore: getting UK health services back on track
This report published by British Medical Association states that the Covid-19 pandemic has left the health service running on empty, with staff burnt out, disillusioned, and even considering leaving the NHS as a result of the intense pressures and stress of the past year. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - March 26, 2021 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

‘Peace of mind and protection’ – why members are getting the jab
COVID-19 vaccinations are rapidly being rolled out across the UK, and UNISON members are among some of the first people to receive them. UNISON member Sharon Fowler is a third-year student nurse in Plymouth. As a Black woman, she’s been waiting for the vaccine to be available to her. “I’m originally from South Africa, and as an ethnic minority, I am considered high risk. One of the reasons I agreed to have this vaccine was for peace of mind and protection. I’m so relieved I got to have it.” In June last year, a Public Health England report on COVID-19 deaths confirmed the risk of dyi...
Source: UNISON Health care news - February 26, 2021 Category: UK Health Authors: Janey Starling Tags: Article News Covid-19 vaccination vaccine Source Type: news

Supporting general practice 2021/22
This slideshow is a summary of a letter from NHS England and NHS Improvement and the British Medical Association General Practitioners Committee England setting out further measures to support general practice in 2021/22. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - February 11, 2021 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

The role of leaders in reducing mental health stigma and creating mentally healthy cultures
This guide, funded by the British Medical Association and posted on the Mental Health at Work website, aims to provide practical advice, hints and tips to help NHS leaders and line managers to create mentally healthy cultures and support better mental health. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - February 10, 2021 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Supporting the mental health of NHS staff: the role of NHS leaders in reducing mental health stigma and creating mentally healthy cultures
This guide, funded by the British Medical Association and posted on the Mental Health at Work website, aims to provide practical advice, hints and tips to help NHS leaders and line managers to create mentally healthy cultures and support better mental health. It includes information about mental health stigmas, and how to break them down. It is the first of a series of resources aimed at NHS leaders, managers and champions. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - February 9, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Vaccine experts defend UK decision to delay second Pfizer Covid jab
Medics told they risk undermining public confidence by querying policy of three-month gap between dosesCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageLeading vaccine experts have backed the government ’s decision to delay the second dose for up to three months, after doctors warned that the strategy was proving “ever-more difficult to justify”.The British Medical Association (BMA), which represents doctors, has suggested that the UK has become“increasingly isolated internationally” by deciding that the second dose of the Pfizer vaccine can be delayed, and called for a maximu...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - January 23, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Michael Savage, Robin McKie and James Tapper Tags: Coronavirus Infectious diseases Medical research Microbiology UK news Vaccines and immunisation Health World news Doctors Pfizer AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals industry Society Source Type: news

Supporting general practice in 2021/22
NHS England and NHS Improvement and the British Medical Association (BMA) General Practitioners Committee (GPC) England have published a letter setting out further measures to support general practice in 2021/22. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - January 22, 2021 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

‘It’s Unimaginably Bad.’ How Government Failures and the New COVID-19 Variant Are Pushing the U.K.’s Health System Into Crisis
Dr Rachel Clarke never dreamed that in her medical career, she would say out loud that hospitals in Britain are running out of oxygen. Yet some hospitals in the U.K. are now in that critical situation, as doctors say the U.K.’s third wave of the coronavirus pandemic is pushing the country’s National Health Service to its limits. “We’re seeing younger patients, we’re seeing sicker patients, and we’ve never really recovered from the first wave,” says Clarke, who works on an acute medical ward in a hospital in Oxfordshire, England, and also in an in-patient hospice setting. “You...
Source: TIME: Health - January 13, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ciara Nugent and Suyin Haynes Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 Explainer Londontime Second click United Kingdom Source Type: news

NHS doctors instructed to postpone routine care and administer covid-19 vaccines instead
(Natural News) The British Medical Association and The National Health Services (NHS) have instructed general practitioners to postpone routine checkups and administer covid-19 vaccines instead. Healthcare systems around the world have been radically transformed in 2020, as family and friends are barred from their loved ones and conditioned to believe that getting vaccinated is the... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - January 12, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Can the World ’s Doctors Survive Another Wave of COVID-19?
The weight of the pandemic first caught up with New York City ER physician Jane Kim in April. After spending weeks caring for seriously ill patients, she learned of four deaths among her “work family.” Three died of the virus, another from suicide. Her grief “halted” her, she says: “You can’t think. You can’t move. You can’t breathe.” Since then, Kim, 39, has leaned on friends, family and therapy to cope. She’s also heartened that doctors now better understand how to treat COVID-19 compared with those early, uncertain days. But as cases rise nationwide, she worrie...
Source: TIME: Health - November 19, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tara Law Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 feature Magazine Source Type: news

Coronavirus: Doctors spell out how to exit England's lockdown
The British Medical Association fears a surge in infections that will cripple the NHS if unlocking goes wrong. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - November 18, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Ban household-mixing and travel between tiers after lockdown, BMA urges
Doctor ’s organisation says without tough action NHS will be overwhelmed by Covid patientsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageMixing between more than two households and travel between tiers should be banned in England until a vaccine is rolled out to prevent the NHS being swamped after lockdown, the main doctor ’s organisation has warned.With ministers due to announce next week a return to regional tiers of coronavirus restrictions from 2 December, the British Medical Association (BMA) said that without tough action, hospitals and GPs will become overwhelmed.Continue reading... (S...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - November 18, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Nicola Davis, Peter Walker and Pamela Duncan Tags: Health policy Coronavirus Christmas Politics Science Society UK news Source Type: news

Doctors and nurses were not prepared to see 'so much illness and death' during Covid pandemic
Dr Chaand Nagpaul, head of the British Medical Association (BMA), told MPs today NHS staff have reported higher than normal levels of severe stress, anxiety and fatigue this year. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - November 17, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

How pharmacist prescribers can help meet the mental health consequences of COVID-19, Evidence-Based Mental Health
The British Medical Association recently published their report on the impact of COVID-19 on mental health in England, highlighting the urgent need for investment in mental health services and further recruitment of mental health staff. Like many others, they have predicted a substantial increase in demand on mental health services in the coming months. Their recommendations include a call for detailed workforce planning at local, national and system levels. This coincides with the publication of the'NHS People Plan'which also emphasised the need to maximise staff potential. The message from both is clear, it is time for T...
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - November 12, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Climate change and sustainability: the health service and net zero
This report states that with the NHS contributing up to five per cent of the UK ’s total carbon emissions, increased sustainability and changes to working practices are vital if the health of future generations is to be protected. The health service has a responsibility to its patients to reduce its own carbon footprint and to strive for net zero emissions, if it is to take a leading role in combatting the harmful effects of climate change.ReportPress release (Source: The Kings Fund - Health Management Specialist Collection)
Source: The Kings Fund - Health Management Specialist Collection - November 10, 2020 Category: Health Management Authors: The King ' s Fund Library Tags: Environment and sustainability Source Type: news

Make masks compulsory in UK workplaces, urges BMA
British Medical Association seeks to build trust amid ‘inconsistent’ Covid messagingCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageWearing face masks in all offices and working environments should be mandatory unless you are working alone, the British Medical Association (BMA) has urged.Publishing recommendations to safeguard public health amid the pandemic, the UK doctors ’ trade union body said the public was in danger of losing faith in coronavirus measures due to the government’s “inconsistent” messaging.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - October 10, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Mattha Busby Tags: Coronavirus outbreak Infectious diseases Science UK news NHS Health policy Politics Society Source Type: news

British Medical Association calls for government to make masks compulsory INSIDE offices 
The BMA said the latest suite of lockdown restrictions in England were not tough enough to prevent a devastating second wave and is now calling for masks in all indoor work spaces. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - September 23, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The law must change to improve medicine shortages
We've joined together withthe British Medical Association, the Royal College of GPsand patient group National Voicesto call on Matt Hancock MP to amend medicines legislationand enable all pharmaci (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - September 14, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Now doctors could STRIKE over pay amid public sympathy for NHS workers
Doctors claim there is 'anger' over 'years of pay restraint' and are demanding that the British Medical Association (BMA) examine the option of industrial action. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - August 30, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

BMA survey reveals disabled doctors are not receiving enough support in the workplace, NHS Employers (published 12th August 2020)
The British Medical Association (BMA) has published a report 2 External 0 0 0 disability in the medical profession false https://www.bma.org.uk/advice-and-support/nhs-delivery-and-workforce/workforce/disability-in-the-medical-profession false false%> today (12 August), highlighting hundreds of disabled doctors and medical students are not getting adjustments in their workplace they are legally entitled to, and many say they are too afraid to discuss their disability for fear of prejudice. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - August 12, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Thousands could die if normal care is shut down during second wave, leading medics warn
The heads of the Royal College of Surgeons of England and the British Medical Association said it was critical that non-virus patients were not 'left stranded' and without care during a second wave. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - August 7, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

BMA withdraws from the joint statement put in place for trainees during COVID-19, NHS Employers
The British Medical Association (BMA) has announced its withdrawal from the joint statement, which details the application of contractual protections during the pandemic, relating to the Terms and Conditions of Service (T&Cs) for NHS Doctors and Dentists in Training (England) 2016. This was jointly agreed as a response to the service pressures and challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - July 10, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Disparities in the impact of Covid-19 in black and minority ethnic populations: review of the evidence and recommendations for action, Independent Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies
The British Medical Association (BMA) has announced its withdrawal from the joint statement, which details the application of contractual protections during the pandemic, relating to the Terms and Conditions of Service (T&Cs) for NHS Doctors and Dentists in Training (England) 2016. This was jointly agreed as a response to the service pressures and challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - July 10, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Guidance to manage untaken annual leave due to COVID-19 for junior doctors, NHS Employers
NHS Employers and the British Medical Association have agreed temporary and 2 External 0 0 0 exceptional guidance false https://www.nhsemployers.org/-/media/Employers/Documents/Pay-and-reward/Management-of-untaken-leave-due-to-COVID-in-England.pdf?la=en&hash=EDD54480248709C705CD1F613A3DE2131DB16EB1 true false%>for how untaken annual leave should be managed before the August rotations. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - July 10, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Doctors call on No 10 to give councils accurate coronavirus data
BMA plea comes as ministers face claims of being slow to act on local lockdown in LeicesterCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageLeading doctors are urging the UK government to give councils accurate up-to-date data to manage localised Covid-19 surges, as No 10 continues to come under fire overclaims it is failing to handle Leicester ’s lockdown.The British Medical Association (BMA), which represents doctors in the UK, said supplying information on localised infections was “crucial to allow swift action and to protect lives”.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - July 1, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Simon Murphy Political correspondent Tags: Coronavirus outbreak UK news Infectious diseases Medical research World news Science Doctors Health Health policy Politics Source Type: news

Greater clarity needed from PM on plans to scrap immigration health surcharge
Four health and care organisations – including UNISON – have today (Wednesday) written to the Prime Minister seeking confirmation that all international health and care staff, and their spouses and dependants, will no longer need to pay the immigration health surcharge (IHS). The charge, which is due to rise from £400 to £624 a year in October, is currently payable by all migrant workers from non-EU countries, whether they access NHS services or not, both for themselves and for every dependant they have. Last month, the UK government committed to scrapping the charge for heath and care workers ...
Source: UNISON Health care news - June 10, 2020 Category: UK Health Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: News Press release care workers coronavirus coronavirus health workers dave prentis healthcare staff Source Type: news

Coronavirus: Widen rules on where face coverings must be used, say UK doctors
The British Medical Association says coverings should be compulsory wherever distancing is impossible. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - June 5, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Families were given advice on how to pronounce a death themselves during height of covid pandemic
The Government says a relative is allowed to 'verify' the death of a loved one in their own home with the help of a GP on the phone. It links to guidance drawn up by the British Medical Association. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - May 31, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Nearly half of British doctors forced to find their own PPE, new data shows
British Medical Association finds most doctors do not feel fully protected, and a quarter are anxious or distressedCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageAlmost half of Britain ’s doctors have sourced their own personal protective equipment or relied on a donation when none was available through normal NHS channels, according to a survey.The British Medical Association said that while PPE supplies have improved, their data from more than 16,000 doctors shows there is room for improvement inprotecting healthcare workers on the frontline.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - May 3, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Press Association Tags: UK news Coronavirus outbreak Hospitals NHS Doctors Science Health Source Type: news

Doctors union ‘dismayed’ GPs asked to bring forward care home support
The British Medical Association has pushed back on NHS plans to start a contentious care home service five months early, with the chair of its general practice committee saying it was “incredibly disappointed” by the centre’s decision. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - April 30, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

COVID-19 rapid guideline: critical care in adults: NG 159, NICE (Updated 9th April 2020)
On 9 April 2020, we linked to ethical guidance from the British Medical Association, the Royal College of Physicians and the General Medical Council to support healthcare professionals with decision making. We also linked to new government guidance on managing exposure to COVID ‑19 in hospital settings. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - April 14, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Doctors' lives are still being put at risk by a lack of PPE, British Medical Association warns
More than two thirds of doctors (69 per cent) questioned by the union said they do not feel protected while fighting Britain's COVID-19 outbreak. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - April 7, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Joint statement on advance care planning
The British Medical Association, Care Provide Alliance, Care Quality Commission and Royal College of General Practitioners have published a joint statement on advance care planning. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - March 30, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

British Medical Association 'tells students to NOT volunteer on NHS wards to fight coronavirus'
Critics said the doctors union had shown its 'true colours' - putting the interest of its members over patient's lives - after telling British nurses to avoid helping the NHS. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - March 27, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

GPs vote down ‘Trojan horse’ PCN scheme
GPs have voted to reject the primary care network contract signed by the British Medical Association and the NHS, delivering a blow to the crux of the long-term plan. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - March 11, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news