BMA launches fair trade in medical supplies campaign

A campaign to promote fair trade in medical supplies is launched by the BMA today.

Unfair working conditions (Photograph: BMA)
Unfair working conditions (Photograph: BMA)

It calls on healthcare workers and the public to contribute to the NHS consultation on ethical purchasing.

Dr Mahmood Bhutta, BMA adviser on the BMA’s medical fair and ethical trade group, said: ‘There is evidence to suggest that many supplies used in the NHS are produced in unhealthy, unsafe and unfair working conditions.

‘Workers in the developing world are poorly paid and are exposed to hazardous conditions where they risk serious injury and even death. It seems perverse that labourers around the world are risking their lives to supply us with equipment to save British lives.

‘Taxpayers have an opportunity to tell the NHS they want medical equipment purchased in line with fair and ethical trade guidelines.’

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