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Ombudsman appoints clinical advisersBMA wants coordinator for partnership campaignSeventeen million fewer forms for GPsCommissioning GPs set out national standardsUniversity employers want more money for academicsBMA supports GMSC election changesCorrection

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: (Published 13 July 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:118
  1. Linda Beecham

    Ombudsman appoints clinical advisers

    The health service ombudsman, Sir William Reid, has appointed four medical and nursing advisers to help him deal with complaints about the clinical decisions of doctors, nurses, and other health professionals.The ombudsman's jurisdiction was extended this year to cover complaints about family practitioner services and clinical competence.

    The new advisers are Dr Elizabeth Bingham, general practitioner in Reading and an examiner for the Royal College of General Practitioners;Dr Hugh Thelwall-Jones, former consultant obstetrician and group medical director, BUPA, 1990-5; Dr Richard Waldram, former consultant and clinical director, North Hampshire Hospital; and Dr Lyn Martin, former nursing officer, Department of Health, and principal, Bloomsbury and Islington College of Nursing and Midwifery, 1990-5.

    Sir Williams says that the advisers will maintain high investigating standards and will help to appoint independent assessors to advise on professional matters.

    BMA wants coordinator for partnership campaign

    General practitioners want a full time national coordinator appointed to facilitate local initiatives and provide materials to keep up the momentum of the doctor and patient partnership campaign.

    The health secretary and the chairman of the General Medical Services Committee launched the patient education campaign earlier this year and £750 000 has been spent on advertising in the national press. Each health authority and health board has been allocated a further £20 000 to spend locally during 1996-7 in publicising out of hours initiatives and encouraging …

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