Medicopolitical Digest

BMA establishes racial equality committeeJuniors are assured of BMA's unanimous supportBMA council is happy with annual reportDoctors welcome extra money for Northern IrelandMinister sympathises with public health doctors' concern

BMJ 1999; 319 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.319.7216.1076 (Published 16 October 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:1076

The BMA has set up a new committee to consider the provision of medical services to a multiethnic, multicultural society; to encourage and seek racial balance in the NHS workforce; to support good examples and to demonstrate good practice; to commission work as appropriate in the BMA; and to make recommendations to the council.

The committee will be chaired by the chairman of the representative body. The Overseas Doctors Association, the Commission for Racial Equality, the Equal Opportunities Unit, and the General Medical Council will be invited to send representatives.

Juniors are assured of BMA's unanimous support

All crafts in the BMA have declared their continuing support for the junior doctors' campaign for a fair deal for their out of hours work. Last week the BMA council unanimously reaffirmed the decision to support a ballot for industrial action if a deal acceptable to junior doctors and the BMA was not achieved. It also adopted as a rider “that subject to legal permissibility the primary determinant in initiating a ballot should be the acceptability of any offer to junior doctors or their representatives.”

The chairman of the …

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