BDA Responds to NHS People Plan

BDA sets out our initial response to the NHS People Plan 2020/21, noting both positive elements and significant gaps.

BDA Chair responds to to National Food Strategy: Part One

BDA Chair Caroline Bovey BEM RD responds to the publication of the National Food Strategy Part One, authored by Henry Dimbleby.

BDA and Fuse express frustration at lack of action on energy drink sales to children

The BDA and Fuse, the Centre for Translational Research in Public Health, have expressed frustration that government are not taking action on energy drinks, despite consulting 18 months ago.

Dietitians push for more from strategy for obesity

The British Dietetic Association has welcomed the government’s latest obesity plans as a positive next step. They welcome the commitment to expand weight management services, but have urged the government to go further if they want their strategy to be truly comprehensive.

Response to Chancellor's announcement of public sector pay increase

NHS staff on Agenda for Change pay scales, including dietitians and dietetic support workers, are not included in the chancellor's announcement that some public sector workers are to receive above inflation pay awards this year, as they in the final year of a three-year pay deal. 

BDA joins CASSH to call for implementation of childhood obesity plan

Consensus Action on Salt and Health have written to the Prime Minister to urge him to implement many of the promised elements of the Childhood Obesity Strategy

Turn appreciation and applause for NHS staff into an early wage rise, say health unions

The government should build on the huge public support shown for the NHS during the pandemic by giving health workers across the UK an early pay rise, say health unions today (Friday).

Government action is urgently required to prevent malnutrition amongst older adults due to COVID-19

The BDA and colleagues from UK Malnutrition Awareness and Prevention Network (MAPN) have arranged a letter to the Secretary of State to urge action on malnutrition amongst the elderly.

British Dietetic Association President Giles Yeo calls for urgent reassurances over Brexit and food insecurity

BDA President Giles Yeo, BDA Chair Caroline Bovey and BDA Paediatric Specialist Group Chair Sue Meredith call on government to ensure that Brexit does not worsen food insecurity and poverty or food and welfare standards.

"Put healthy food vouchers online" health, food and poverty coalition tells government

The BDA has joined Sustain, the RCM, the Women's Institute and others to call on government to improve access to Healthy Start vouchers, which provide families with access to fruit, vegetables and milk.

BDA joins Beat and RCPsych to call on PHE to take account of people at risk of eating disorders

The BDA has joined forces to call on PHE to ensure that its obesity and weight management campaigns don't have the unintended effect of causing distress to those living with or at risk of developing eating disorders.

Disparities in the risk and outcomes of COVID-19 – BDA response

The BDA calls for urgent action on health inequalities following publication of PHE report on the factors increasing risk from COVID-19.

Black Lives Matter

The BDA states clearly that black lives matter. We condemn the racism, brutalisation and inequality faced by black people both here and in the USA. We stand with our black members, staff and black people everywhere, and we offer our solidarity with all those protesting anti-black racism. To our black members, we recognise the importance you play within the healthcare profession, we stand with you and we support you, because black lives matter.

NHS Guidance on Overtime Payments During COVID-19

Guidance around overtime payments during the COVID-19 period including context, proposed duration of the temporary measures, and funding

BDA writes to PM to urge comprehensive approach to obesity

BDA Chair Caroline Bovey writes to Prime Minister Boris Johnson to urge a comprehensive approach to obesity, asks that he avoid stigmatising language and ensure dietitians have a central role.

Union Blueprint for safe re-opening up of NHS

BDA joins forces with other Allied Health Professionals to call for the extension of prescribing rights

The BDA has joned forces with other AHP bodies to call for a change to prescribing law to help dietitians and others better support the expected surge in demand post-COVID.

Dietitians in Northern Ireland innovating in response to COVID-19

Dietitians in Northern Ireland are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic in a number of ways, from acute care in ICU to using technology to support paediatric patients at home.

“It feels inevitable I’ll get something and bring it home.” NHS staff say social distancing is impossible in cramped and under-resourced offices

Following a survey of its membership, the British Dietetic Association (BDA) have uncovered that 54% of UK dietitians feel they are unable to appropriately follow social distancing guidelines at work – increasing their risk of contracting and spreading the coronavirus.

Government announces expansion of visa extension scheme

The Home Office have announced that all health and social care workers will received a free automatic visa extension if their visa was due to expire before 1st October.

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