BMA Annual Representatives' Meeting 2011 Cardiff: round-up

Read our round-up of the results of all the debates that mattered at the BMA's Annual Representatives' Meeting in Cardiff.

This year will be Dr Meldrum's last conference as BMA chairman
This year will be Dr Meldrum's last conference as BMA chairman

30 June: The BMA voted to consider balloting members regarding all forms of industrial action over doctors' pensions if government attacks on them continue.

29 June: The BMA urged the government to rethink its proposals for medical training.

Other highlights included LMCs to scrutinise clinical commissioning groups to ensure locum and salaried GPs are represented; the GPC chairman criticising quality premiums, NHS privatisation and Care Quality Commission registration; (CQC)  BMA wanting to keep a single UK-wide contract; CQC registration for GPs not including criteria designed for hospitals; and the BMA opposing the creation of specialist children's GPs.

28 June: Doctors called for the BMA to continue to campaign for the Health Bill's withdrawal but not to oppose it in its entirety.

Clinical senates must not hold authority over clinical commissioning groups, BMA chairman Dr Hamish Meldrum is to tell government.

GPs involvement in commissioning is not an endorsement of the Health Bill, doctors said.

The BMA will lobby for more freedom of information about doctors struck off in other countries.

27 June: The anti-market debate, during which the BMA decided market-based policies in NHS healthcare must be abandoned, took place on day one of the conference in Cardiff on Monday.

Doctors also decided the decision to refer care is between the GP and the patient and must not be compromised by financial restraints.

They believe the NHS must be the preferred provider of services and the BMA must ensure there are appropriate safeguards against a 'postcode lottery'.

Doctors said the NHS needs regulation but not by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

The ARM called for a definition of national standards and thresholds of services available on the NHS to prevent PCTs from creating 'low priority' treatment lists locally.

In his opening speech BMA chairman Dr Hamish Meldrum warned asking doctors to commission services could undermine patient trust.

Read GP reporter Abi Rimmer's blog about her first ARM and Dr Hamish Meldrum's last as BMA chairman.

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