Student perspective of the BMA's annual meeting
Ian Urmston BMA
At its annual meeting in Bournemouth last month, the BMA gave a strong message that it expected the Labour government to deliver on its promises for the NHS during its second term.
The chairman of the BMA council, Dr Ian Bogle, warned the prime minister that time was “running out” if the NHS was to be improved. Manpower and recruitment, workload pressure and funding, all had to be addressed within the next 12 months if the government was to realise its ambitions before the next election. To add to the bleak picture of falling doctor morale caused by a shortage of doctors and a lack of time to provide quality care, Dr Bogle referred to the drop in medical school applications.
This theme was picked up by Kate Duffield, chairperson of the BMA's medical students committee (MSC). Could it be, she asked, that a combination of increased medical student debt