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MA calls on doctors to respond to Department of Health consultation on pension contributions.
The majority of the 9000 individual submissions received are from doctors and medical students. July 2011: Chairman of Council writes to all MPs urging them to withdraw the
Health and Social Bill, and the story makes front page of The Guardian

“NHS” is among the top 15 UK tweets thanks to a BMA-initiated
“online”day of action on NHS reform and the Bill

BMA Cymru Wales brings together Government officials and partner
organisation at a high profile event in Cardiff to discuss their vision
of the development of an all-Wales Forensic Medical Services
based within the NHS.

Medical students welcome the confirmation that
tuition fees for local students would
remain at just under £3,500. September 2011: 'Fair treatment for NHS Pensions’ campaign and member toolkit
launched in support of the 30 November day of action.

Members give their personal stories about how the
NHS reforms could affect their care of patients in a series of BMA films

BMA calls on UK governments to introduce an extension to the current
smoke-free legislation to include a ban on smoking in private vehicles

Annual BMA survey shows medical students from low income backgrounds are
graduating over £13,000 more in debt than their better off peers

Medical student leaders call on ministers to ensure that delays in allocating jobs to
newly qualified UK educated doctors do not become routine
following confirmation that for a second year running there are more
applicants than places available for the Foundation Programme.

Welsh Government publish a new five year vision for
the Welsh NHS “Together for Health”

BMA Northern Ireland urges MLA's to take urgent action on
alcohol misuse

BMA Northern Ireland welcomes that Minister Poots
will give consideration to a ban on smoking in cars carrying children,
following a debate in the Assembly on the issue. November 2011: BMA launches ‘Pension Tension’ microsite, which gets
20,000 hits within 48 hours.

Over 46,000 members respond to BMA survey on pensions offer with four
out of five rejecting the government’s planned changes and
two-thirds saying they would be prepared to take industrial action.

BMA publicly rejects the Government’s ’final offer’ BMA co-hosts a summit with Royal College of Nursing and Academy of Medical Royal Colleges to discuss the Health and Social Care Bill

BMA Cymru Wales publishes “Public Health Medicine in Wales; is there more to it than flu epidemics?”
which received widespread acclaim from the profession including support from the
Chief Medical Officer for Wales Dr Tony Jewell.

BMA Northern Ireland welcomed the announcement by
Health Minister Edwin Poots that cigarette vending
machines are to be banned. January 2012 February 2012 March 2012 BMA reveals plans of the model of industrial action doctors would be asked to take for an initial 24-hour period, in planned ballot over pensions’ dispute.

BMA joins other trade unions and professional bodies at the
“Save our NHS” rally in central London

BMA joins the four major health unions in calling
on parliamentarians to listen to the concerns of health
professionals and withdraw the Health and Social Care Bill ahead
of final key debates in the Commons and Lords

Chairman of Council calls on doctors to limit the most damaging effects of the NHS reforms as Health and Social Care Bill becomes an Act

New microsite, Talking Health is launched to encourage doctors and medical students to help shape the BMA's work and priorities by giving their views on the challenges they face in their everyday lives. It also became the main online hub for the 2012 elections to the BMA UK Council

BMA Cymru Wales hosts the prestigious “Clinical Teacher of the Year Awards” with the BMJ Group

BMA Northern Ireland welcomes the steps the Northern Ireland Assembly has taken to help reduce the number of people smoking such as the ban on selling cigarette products in vending machines, introduced earlier this month. Events take place across the country to inform
members of pension changes and ballot on
industrial action.

Wales celebrates five years of free prescriptions April 2012 The first ballot of UK doctors on industrial action since
1975 takes place. “Get out the vote” action pack launched. May 2012 A seasonal take on NHS reform highlights risks of the
Health and Social Care Bill –
Santa themed cartoon
warns of chaos in National “Elf” service BMA Cymru Wales representatives give oral evidence to
the National Assembly for Wales Health and Social Care Committee
Inquiry into the role of Community Pharmacy in Wales

Northern Ireland Assembly launches consultation
on pension contribution increases October 2011 BMA TIMELINE FROM ARM 2011 to ARM 2012 December 2011 'Your pension. Your future. Your say' campaign launched to ensure all doctors aware of the planned changes to their pensions, and are ready to respond to major BMA survey. BMA launches e-Petition calling for meaningful talks with government on pension changes, which goes on to get 30,000 signatures

Emergency meeting of BMA Council decides to ballot
doctors on industrial action

The Times carries full-page interview with the Chairman of Council where he warns about NHS reform, changes to pensions and other threats to the profession

The Board of Science report Risk: what’s your perspective? helps doctors understand and communicate risk as well as provide an overview of the major health risks faced by the UK population

GP leaders call on the Government to delay the roll-out of NHS 111 because of serious misgivings about the pilot

BMA Cymru Wales responds to the Organ and Tissue Donation White Paper

BMA Northern Ireland welcomes the call by Health Minister Edwin Poots for public debate on how to improve the current organ donation system.
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