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24
Jun

Patients must pay, says BMA


The British Medical Association (BMA) is expected to announce at its annual conference in Edinburgh that a list of core services must be drawn up to tell patients what they can and cannot expect to receive from the health service.

The British Medical Association (BMA) is expected to announce at its annual conference in Edinburgh that a list of core services must be drawn up to tell patients what they can and cannot expect to receive from the health service.

The BMAconsultants committee says it must be made very clear to the public "what can be funded from central taxation and what cannot".

The news is in contrast to claims from Ministers that the Health and Social Care Act would put doctors in the driving seat. Just two months after the implementation of the act, doctors are voicing concern about its effects. Doctors surveyed by the BMA said they were unable to make the improvements in patient services thatthey wanted to because of the new rules.

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