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BMA calls emergency meeting to discuss NHS pressures

24 March 2016

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Doctors union the British Medical Association (BMA) has called an emergency meeting to discuss the pressures facing the NHS.

The BMA council voted for a special representative meeting on Tuesday May 3 to debate ways to solve the crisis in the NHS.

They will also talk about ways of addressing low morale and high workloads in the medical profession at the meeting of 560 doctors belong to to the representative body in London.

The group is the BMA’s parliamentary and policy making body and is drawn from doctors in generals practice and across the profession.

The last special representative meeting was held in 2011 to discuss the Health and Social Care Bill.

The chairman of the BMA’s representative body Ian Wilson said the meeting was called in response to the crisis in funding and capacity in healthcare. He said it was also triggered by concerns over “the effect these have on patient safety and doctors working to help patients”.

He added: “At a time of unprecedented pressures on healthcare and those who deliver it, it is time to hear from the clinicians and the evidence-based solutions the public needs, not political choices or dogma.”

The meeting would give doctors an opportunity to discuss solutions as well as highlighting their concerns, he said.