Monday, April 19News For London

Tag: British Medical Association

Depression: when doctors become the patient

Health, Student
Doctors rate higher levels of depression and suicide than other professions - so why do those who work with mental illness on a daily basis find it so hard to recognise the symptoms in themselves? Reporter: Brendan Westhoff Sub editors: Ed Lauder, Kait Borsay Stress levels and the mental health of doctors over the past few decades, has increased, according to recent studies. A 2013 study in Australia, by mental health programme, Beyond Blue, surveyed more than 14,000 doctors and medical students. It showed doctors reported higher rate of depression and suicide compared to other professions and the general population. Online medical resource, Medscape, states that doctors are twice as likely to kill themselves than the general population. Are these statistics really a surpri

BMA urges politicians ‘no more games’ with the NHS

Health, News
The BMA (British Medical Association) has launched a campaign to urge the parties to stop playing politics with the NHS in the run up to the May election. Reporter: Brendan Westhoff  Sub-editor: Jaideep Vaidya As the general election draws closer, the BMA, which is the professional association for doctors in the UK, has called for an open and honest debate about the future of the NHS. “These games have been played with the National Health Service for decades. All political parties have been guilty of it,” says Dr Mark Porter, chairman of the BMA. The campaign followed a survey, which revealed that 77 per cent of participants thought that policies regarding health care are designed to win votes for the political parties and not to do what is best for the NHS. Over three qu