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BMA initiative to improve understanding of NHS changes

10th June 2013

The British Medical Association (BMA) is launching an initiative that aims to help GPs communicate the practical implications of recent changes to the NHS more clearly.

A website called changinggnhs.com has been introduced that includes information on recent NHS reforms in England, with details on new laws affecting competition, funding, the GP contract and out-of-hours services.

Posters will be displayed in GP practices and web banners will be deployed to direct people to this online portal, which also includes views from medical professionals and highlights ways in which patients can have their say on the changes.

The BMA is also planning a scheme that will allow MPs to spend time in GP practices in their constituencies, allowing them to see what is happening on the frontline and speak to staff about their views.

Dr Laurence Buckman, chair of the BMA's GP committee, said: "We will be building on this initiative over the coming months, as we respond to the impact of the changes and pressures and as we seek to develop a positive way forward."

Last week, the BMA raised concerns that increasing waiting times in NHS emergency departments are occurring due to the growing financial constraints faced by the health service.ADNFCR-8000103-ID-801597088-ADNFCR

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