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BMA calls health secretary for discussion over seven day services

The British Medical Association (BMA) has called the health secretary Jeremy hunt to take part in a symposium on improving the quality and consistency of healthcare throughout the week.

Hunt has been invited to the symposium, along with Medical Royal Colleges, Health professionals and leaders, patient unions and other professional associations.

Ellen McCourt, chair of BMA junior doctor committee said that the junior doctor argument has emphasised the demand of an open and honest discussion about how the National Health Service (NHS) can provide high quality care across the week in the face of rising demand, staffing shortage and funding pressure.

She further added that BMA is calling on the health secretary, along with leading voices from across the NHS, the patients groups and the medical profession to address the problems at the heart of this discussion and the aspects of patient care which the medical professional and the government want to improve.

In a letter to health secretary, Dr McCourt and the chair of the BMA council, Dr Mark Porter said that the issue of the quality and consistency of health care across the week has been the subject of intense discussion, mainly during the junior doctors’ contract argument.

They also urge health secretary to work with the organisations ‘critical to approving and delivering the required solutions to the serious issues and choices facing the country’.

President of the Royal College of Physicians, Professor Jane Dacre, said the RCP fully supports a seven day services for very sick patient and welcome the opportunity to be a part of a symposium to debate the issues and barriers NHS face in completing their goal and offer possible solutions to them.

The BMA plans the symposium to be held in November.

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