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Value doctors or see NHS crisis worsen, BMA warns in manifesto for next government

BMJ 2024; 385 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.q1233 (Published 05 June 2024) Cite this as: BMJ 2024;385:q1233
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. The BMJ

The next government has no hope of improving the nation’s health or providing high quality healthcare if it doesn’t look after and retain doctors, the BMA has said in its general election manifesto.1 The result will be an ever deepening NHS crisis.

Health must be the first priority of the incoming government, says the association, and it must commit to five key areas:

  • Value the vital role doctors play across all health services and restore their pay

  • Protect doctors from any further erosion of their professional role, including by halting their substitution by other healthcare professionals until safety concerns are tackled, and bolster employment rights, including the right to strike

  • Train and provide jobs for …

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