Headlines: February 18th, 2002

The British Medical Association has tried to provide NHS consultants with a route map through the various initiatives that aim to drive up quality in the service.’Quality initiatives – a guide for consultants in England’ defines and explains the role of the various organisations and mechanisms that exist to regulate the performance of doctors and hospitals.

Among them are the National Patient Safety Agency, the National Clinical Assessment Authority and the Commission for Health Improvement.

The BMA says that consultants want to be part of a high quality health service but also warns that they need time to comply with initiatives requiring meticulous data recording.

It urges consultants to insist on taking the time needed to pursue high quality care.

For more on the guide visit www.bma.org.uk