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Industrial action update and our response
In a surprise about-turn, on Monday 5th September, the British Medical Association called off the first week of strikes which were due to take place next week. The BMA said it was not backing down in the fight over a new contract and further strikes would go ahead unless the government negotiates a new deal.

Image: Flashback to strikes by Junior Doctors earlier this year.
Katherine Murphy, Chief Executive of The Patients Association said: “We urge the BMA and Department of Health to meet urgently and participate in meaningful and sincere negotiations in order to resolve this impasse.  It is vital that there is a coherent plan with a satisfactory resolution for all parties, and the only way this can be achieved is if the two parties show willingness to resume discussion.”

Katherine Murphy continued: “At the heart of this, we know that Junior Doctors are concerned about patient safety, but in becoming doctors they also pledged to look after patients and have their best interests at heart. For this reason, it is right that the BMA called off strike action next week because it seriously risks patient safety. Notwithstanding, the Department of Health must remember that striking is not in the interest of patients and should show willingness to avoid further strikes by opening up avenues for discussion.”

Katherine Murphy concluded: “We do not want overworked, tired doctors looking after ill and vulnerable people: this undermines the NHS’s values of compassionate patient care. The Patients Association remains concerned about the effects of this dispute continuing, and hope that today’s announcement will allow the time for productive negotiations between both parties.”
The Patients Association will continue to monitor the situation and support patients who are affected by the strikes.
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Last week we invited you to take part in our survey on the future of the UK medical register. The UK list of registered medical practitioners is the unique national database of doctors registered and licensed to practice medicine in the UK. The medical register is intended to provide information about individual doctors practising in the UK.  The General Medical Council (GMC) wants to improve the register so it provides more and better information and is easier to use.  To do this the GMC are seeking feedback on how the register can become more open, relevant and useful.

We want to hear your views on this so we can better represent your thoughts, experiences and suggestions. We have created a quick and simple survey consisting of just 8 questions. To share your comments simply follow the button below.
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The big NHS 'reset' took place in July this year, and since then experts have awaited the result with baited breath. We found Richard Murray's piece analysing the progress and developments made within NHS Trusts so far, very informative and would recommend you read it.

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The Royal College of Ophthalmologists (RCO) is hosting an engagement session around refractive surgery standards. The event takes place from 17.20 to 19.00 on 12 October 2016 at The Royal College Ophthalmologists, 18 Stephenson Way, London, NW1 2HD.
Following on from work on standardised patient information and professional standards in refractive surgery, the RCO would like to invite patients to discuss two additional goals for UK refractive surgery.
A national data set
As electronic patient record systems become more widespread in refractive surgery, the opportunities to collect outcome data as a by-product of routine clinical care are increasing. The RCO would like to gauge support for developing a national data set in refractive surgery with the future aim of informing a national database to include refractive surgery.
Patients who have poor outcomes in refractive surgery may lose confidence in their original provider. They are then left with an open ended financial liability in relation to revision treatment. One of the key recommendations of the Keogh Report is that there should be an improved system of redress. The RCO would like to discuss ideas for possible improvement in this difficult area.
If you are interested in attending the engagement session, please e-mail by 21 September 2016. Spaces are limited due to venue capacity and bookings will be confirmed via email after close of registration on 21 September 2016.
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