Healthy Transport = Healthy Lives – BMA – 12 July 2012

Posted on July 19, 2012. Filed under: Environmental Health, Public Hlth & Hlth Promotion | Tags: , , |

Healthy Transport = Healthy Lives – BMA – 12 July 2012

“A major BMA report urges doctors to play a key role in reducing car use.

Healthy Transport = Healthy Lives calls on the government to take a long-term view of transport policy to create the conditions that reduce demand for car use, while enabling a shift to more active and sustainable forms of transport.

BMA board of science chair Averil Mansfield said: ‘To date, the approach to transport policy in the UK has in part been based on short-term objectives, even though the decisions taken can potentially last decades.

‘Economic considerations have been prioritised over health. This is despite a substantial evidence base demonstrating that making health a key objective in transport policy is cost-effective, and will have short, medium and long-term benefits.’

The BMA board of science report warns such a change requires strong government commitment and leadership as the benefits to health will not necessarily be instant.

The report says: ‘Health improvement should always be recognised as a pivotal component in transport strategies and programmes.’”

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ISBN-10: 1-905545-63-0
ISBN-13: 978-1-905545-63-6

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Building on Progress: Where next for organ donation policy in the UK? – British Medical Association – 13 February 2012

Posted on February 17, 2012. Filed under: Health Mgmt Policy Planning | Tags: , , |

Building on Progress: Where next for organ donation policy in the UK? – British Medical Association – 13 February 2012

“This report documents the changes that have taken place since the Organ Donation Taskforce published its report in January 2008. It records the significant improvements that have been made to the infrastructure and the projected 34% increase in donation rates over the four years to April 2012. The report notes, however, that even if the Taskforce’s target of a 50% increase in donation rates by 2013 is achieved, people will still be dying unnecessarily while waiting for an organ.

We believe that, as a society, we now need to decide whether we should be satisfied that we have done all we can or whether we should seek to build on what has already been achieved by shifting out attention to additional ways of increasing the number of organ donors.

The report examines a range of options that have been suggested for increasing the number of donors including a system of mandated choice, reciprocity, a regulated market or paying the funeral expenses of those who sign up to the Organ Donor Register and subsequently donate organs. The report also explains why we remain convinced that an opt-out system with safeguards is the best option for the UK.

We hope this report will facilitate debate about where we should be heading with public policy on organ donation in the UK.”

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Social determinants of health – what can doctors do? – British Medical Association – October 2011

Posted on October 19, 2011. Filed under: Health Status | Tags: , |

Social determinants of health – what can doctors do? – British Medical Association – October 2011

“Social determinants and health inequalities pose a significant challenge to governments around the world.

The BMA’s new report explains how doctors can use their expertise to act as community leaders to tackle this issue and explores how the social determinants of health are factors that impact on health and well-being for which there is little control, for example, where we are born, grow up, live, work and our gender and age.

While these factors are not usually directly responsible for illness they have been described as the causes of the causes of illness. For example, while smoking may lead to heart disease and lung cancer, it is the social, including cultural and environmental factors, that largely determines whether an individual is more or less likely to smoke, and if they do start to smoke whether they are likely to quit successfully.

The report emphasises that while not every doctor has the opportunity to change the life course of individual patients they can make a difference in others ways to reduce health inequalities on a local, regional, national and international level.

It highlights examples of work doctors and their teams are already involved in, these include the Bromley-by-Bow centre in East London where GPs refer patients to professionals from welfare, employment, housing and debt advice services so that the underlying causes of their health problems can be addressed.

Other examples of doctors linked to projects that deal with the needs of the homeless in Glasgow  and doctors initiating deaf awareness training so that the health needs of this group was given greater priority.”

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Tackling healthcare associated infections through effective policy action – British Medical Association – June 2009

Posted on June 19, 2009. Filed under: Infection Control | Tags: , |

Tackling healthcare associated infections through effective policy action – British Medical Association – June 2009

The aim of this report is to examine the evidence base for the range of infection control policies, and identify areas for action in tackling the problem. It builds on the 2006 BMA Board of Science publication ‘Healthcare associated infections – a guide for healthcare professionals’ which sets out the responsibilities healthcare professionals have in managing and reducing the incidence of HCAIs. The report is intended for policy makers with strategic or operational responsibility for public health in the UK, and will be of interest to healthcare professionals and patients.

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