Medicopolitical Digest

Doctors will meet PM's challenges, Dr Bogle declaresBMA warns of stress suffered by senior doctorsOne million doctors appeal for action on tobacco

BMJ 2000; 321 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.321.7252.56 (Published 01 July 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;321:56
  1. Linda Beecham, Medicopolitical digest is prepared

    Doctors will meet PM's challenges, Dr Bogle declares

    Doctors are more than willing to meet the challenges to deliver change in return for extra investment in the health service, Dr Ian Bogle told the BMA's annual representative meeting this week.

    The chairman of the BMA council said that the profession had fought long and hard for the chance to influence the future shape of the health service. It had put forward detailed proposals for spending priorities and service improvements and was eagerly awaiting the national plan for the NHS promised for July.

    Dr Bogle said that he believed that the ferocious attack he had launched last year on behalf of colleagues, who were “battered by constant bureaucratic upheaval, beleaguered by underfunding and understaffing, and bewildered by the channelling of scarce NHS resources into populist initiatives and gimmicks,” had achieved results. Ministers had taken notice, more money had been invested in the NHS, and the BMA was now included in the policy making process.

    Doctors always come top in opinion polls

    In every opinion poll the medical profession came out as the most trusted and respected, the chairman said. The public knew that doctors cared about patients and about the NHS …

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