The London Regional Executive committee took place. The meeting had the highest attendance I can recall in recent times including representatives of General Practice, Junior Doctors, medical students, North Thames Regional Consultants (me) South Thanes Regional Consultants ( Kevin O’Kane)., Public Health and elected representative of the London Regional Assembly. The London Regional Co-ordinator Dr Andrew Barton was present with Emma Bennet as BMA administrative support.
As per usual minutes of last meeting Executive 15th December 2015 were confirmed. Potential Annual Representative Motions were discussed There was a discussion of allocation of seats for ARM not taken up by the BMA Divisions. The London Mayoral Candidates have been invited to a hustings at BMA House. So far the Liberal Green and Labour Candidates have shown an interest. A report was given from the Chair of the Junior Doctors Committee. It was suggested that LNC’s have meetings with the Chief Executives of Trusts. In view of the upcoming local elections there is pressure to target politicians. There is a campaign at a regional and national level to target key political decision makers and a number of events are being organised around the country in various constituencies. In April in Farnham there will be a Junior Doctors Rally. In South Thames there will be a memorial to the NHS and a Vigil culminating in a Walk to Downing Street. East London Doctors are also holding a rally ending in a Vigil outside St Paul’s Cathedral. It was noted that a letter has been sent out by Health Education England implying that if Trusts do not introduce the new JDr contract that Junior Dr posts would be lost. There was a general discussion took place on the effect of the upcoming Junior Doctors Industrial Action. It was noted by the Chair of JDC that some final year medical exams have been affected. Imperial and UCL have made alterative arrangements