BMA Northern Ireland launches pre-election health manifesto

BMA Northern Ireland has launched a manifesto of health service reforms ahead of elections in the country.

Calling for political parties to be ‘realistic’ about what healthcare improvements they can offer, the manifesto identifies what doctors believe are priorities.

Paul Darragh, chairman of the BMA’s Council in Northern Ireland, called for ‘an open, transparent debate’ in the run up to elections, ‘to create patient services that are efficient, safe and sustainable'.

‘Doctors must be central to this debate as they see first hand the effect of decision making - good and bad - on patient care.’

The manifesto focuses on improving and protecting health in Northern Ireland and support for doctors and medical students.

It also summarises the BMA position on tackling alcohol-related harm and smoking, dealing with obesity and presumed consent for organ donation.

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