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BMA and health minister will discuss review body remitJunior doctors criticise workforce planningFringe meeting supports “full time” NHS consultants

BMJ 1998; 317 doi: (Published 03 October 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;317:954

BMA and health minister will discuss review body remit

The prime minister has proposed that the BMA should discuss the government's proposalsto change the terms of reference of the doctors' and dentists' review body with the minister for health, Mr AlanMilburn.

Following the comprehensive spending review the review bodies were told that in futuretheir recommendations should take into account the service improvements the government wants to achieve, the resources available to the NHS, and the government's inflation target, as well as recruitment and retention. In future the review bodies will report to departmental ministers and not the prime minister.

In a letter to Mr Milburn the chairman of the BMA council has put forward a series of counter proposals. Dr Ian Bogle has reminded the minister that when the doctors' review body was set up in 1971 the profession was assured that its terms of reference would be altered only by mutual agreement. Furthermore, the present chairman of the review body has given an assurance that it will operate only under the terms of reference agreed by the parties and acceptable to the review body.

Chairman of BMA says profession will not jeopardise patient care

On the reporting lines Dr Bogle says that this could result in the …

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