Professor Jane Dacre’s speech to the BMA special representative meeting

RCP president Professor Jane Dacre addressed the BMA special representative meeting on 3 May.

Subjects that the RCP president spoke about included:

  • morale in the NHS
  • the circumstances that led to industrial action being taken by junior doctors
  • workload issues
  • the critical need for greater social care funding.

In assessing the current environment for those working in the NHS, Professor Dacre's message to the meeting was blunt:

We are under-doctored, underfunded and overstretched.

Professor Dacre called for education and training to be given higher status and urged junior doctors 'to be valued, supported and motivated'.

You can download a full copy of the speech, which received a standing ovation, via the link below.

Notes to editors

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