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Remedy UK's anti-MMC March

Remedy UK is a pressure group representing junior doctors in the United Kingdom. The organisation was set up in by four junior doctors in 2007 to campaign against UK government-led medical training reforms known as Modernising Medical Careers(MMC) and their implementation through the Medical Training Application Service (MTAS). Remedy UK was created in response to what was perceived to be an insufficiently robust response by the official doctors' trade union, the BMA, and professional associations (Royal Colleges of Medicine). An advocacy group, interest group or lobbying group is a group, however loosely or tightly organized, doing advocacy: those determined to encourage or prevent changes in public policy without trying to be elected. ... Junior doctors in the United Kingdom are those in postgraduate training, starting at graduation with a medical degree and culminating in a post as a Consultant Specialist, a General Practitioner, or some other non-training post. ... Modernising Medical Careers (MMC) is a new programme for postgraduate medical training being introduced in the UK from 2005 onwards. ... The Medical Training Application Service (MTAS) is the new system for selection and allocation of doctors training-grade posts in the UK. [1] It was set up under the auspices of Modernising Medical Careers. ... The logo of the association. ... A Royal College in some Commonwealth of Nations countries is technically a college which has received a Royal Charter to add the prefix Royal to its name. ...


Remedy UK's immediate aims are to force an independent review of workforce planning in the UK National Health Service, to revise the training system to allow for greater flexibility and to ensure that enough medical training posts are available to provide adequate numbers of trained doctors to provide care in the future National Health Service. , the information in this article describes the current English public health service. ... , the information in this article describes the current English public health service. ...


Despite being in its infancy Remedy UK currently has over 10,000 members and campaigns as a grassroots doctors' organisation. A grassroots political movement is one driven by the constituents of a community. ...


Campaigns

Remedy UK have mounted a number of high profile campaigns against Modernising Medical Careers.

  1. Early Day Motion - an Early day motion explicitly backing RemedyUK's concerns about MMC and MTAS has been signed by 127 Members of Parliament[1]
  2. March in March - on the 17th of March 2007 Remedy UK organised the largest public protest by doctors in British History. An estimated 12,000 junior doctors marched from the headquarters of the Royal College of Physicians to the offices of the Royal College of Surgeons of England in London. A parallel protest was organised on the same day in Glasgow.
  3. Mass Lobby of Parliament - on the 24th of April 2007 Remedy UK organised a mass lobby of the UK parliament in Westminster attended by hundreds of doctors. This aimed to directly pressure individual MPs and to raise awareness of the issues surrounding recent reforms to medical training in the UK.
  4. Judicial Review - Remedy UK are currently challenging the legality of MTAS and MMC in court. The case will be heard in the Administrative Court on the 16th and 17th of May 2007.[2]

Early day motion is a phrase used in the Westminster system for motions tabled by Members of Parliament for debate on an early day. In practice, they are never debated but are mostly used for MPs to publicise and express support for their own pet projects. ... A Member of Parliament, or MP, is a representative elected by the voters of an electoral district to a parliament; in the Westminster system, specifically to the lower house. ... College building by Denys Lasdun The Royal College of Physicians of London is the oldest medical institution in England was founded in 1518 and is one of the most active of all medical professional organisations. ... The Royal College of Surgeons of England is an independent professional body committed to promoting and advancing the highest standards of surgical care for patients. ... It has been suggested that Interest representation: Academic overview be merged into this article or section. ... A Member of Parliament, or MP, is a representative elected by the voters to a parliament. ... The Medical Training Application Service (MTAS) is the new system for selection and allocation of doctors training-grade posts in the UK. [1] It was set up under the auspices of Modernising Medical Careers. ... Modernising Medical Careers (MMC) is a new programme for postgraduate medical training being introduced in the UK from 2005 onwards. ...

References

  1. ^ UK Parliament Early Day Motion 737, 2006-2007 Session
  2. ^ BBC News Doctors taking jobs row to court

External Links

  • Remedy UK - Official Web Site

 
 

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