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BMA council agrees structure for devolutionDoctors welcome public health green paperNHS needs occupational health serviceNHS complaints must be speeded upBMA annual report

BMJ 1998; 316 doi: (Published 23 May 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:1615
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    BMA council agrees structure for devolution

    The BMA council has agreed a structure for the association to operate when devolution comes into force next year.

    A working party, which was set up some months ago to consider the impact of devolution on its democratic structure, has proposed amendments to the powers of the Scottish council to consider and deal with all matters specially concerning Scotland, subject to decisions made by the annual representative meeting (ARM) and the adjourned annual general meeting. The proposals will have to be ratified by the ARM in Cardiff in July.

    The Welsh and Northern Ireland councils have been asked to submit proposals to change their constitutions along similar lines in time for the 1999 ARM.

    Doctors welcome public health green paper

    The BMA has welcomed the government's public health green paper for England, Our Healthier Nation, in particular the health secretary's statement, “Now we want to see far more attention and government action concentrated on the things which damage people's health which are beyond the control of the individual.” …

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