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November 18, 2008
UK government forced to shelve plans on new organ donor laws as they could undermine public trust

Doubts over whether a new opt-out system of organ donation would work have prompted the UK government to shelve the plans.

The move follows recommendations by the Organ Donation Taskforce, which called for improvements to be made without a change in the law.

Prime Minister Gordon Brown said he was willing to try out the recommendations, but added that the issue might have to be "revisited" later if organ donor targets are not met.

July 10, 2008
BMA conference delegates pass motion in favour of patients paying for non-NHS treatments

Patients should have the choice to purchase treatment not available on the NHS, without being forced to pay for continuing treatment provided by the health service, according to doctors attending the British Medical Association's annual conference.

The motion called on health departments to recognise that banning copayments denies patients treatments that may be to their benefit, and forces patients to accept "healthcare rationing".

May 7, 2008
Restricted opportunities for overseas doctors in the UK could harm services, said the BMA

A government bid to restrict career opportunities for overseas doctors working in the UK could threaten services for patients, the British Medical Association has said.

The House of Lords ruled against guidance cutting training opportunities for doctors on the Highly Skilled Migrant Programme (HSMP) last week.

Under the new points-based immigration system, doctors from overseas who already have HSMP status will be able to compete for training posts with UK colleagues.

April 10, 2008
Doctors fear quality of training is jeopardized by EU rules

Junior doctors fear their training will suffer when European limits on working time are applied next year, two separate surveys by the British Medical Assocation (BMA) show today.

From 1 August 2009, the European Working Time Directive will restrict the time junior doctors can spend in hospital to 48 hours a week.  The current limit is 56.

April 10, 2008
The UK Department of Health expands use of Independent Sector Treatment Centres to deliver NHS services

The UK government has announced an expansion of its Independent Sector Treatment Centre (ISTC) scheme which it claims will bring faster treatment and greater choice.
Health Minister Ben Bradshaw said three more ISTCs had been given the go ahead at a cost of £385m over seven years.

Following a review of Phase 2 of the ISTC programme, two schemes in Greater Manchester and one in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight have been approved by the Department of Health and HM Treasury.

April 1, 2008
Staff shortages are forcing trainee doctors to work unpaid overtime, according to the British Medical Association

The British Medical Association (BMA) has said staff vacancies mean junior doctors often come under pressure to work extra hours without pay.

Almost a third (29%) of 432 trainee doctors questioned said they are currently working on a rota with at least one vacancy.

The BMA said doctors had told it anecdotally they were forced to work extra hours, often without pay.

But the Department of Health said the problem was not widespread and it was working on solutions.