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BMA criticises plan to introduce 'wilful neglect' offence

16 November 2013 Last updated at 12:50 GMT

The British Medical Association (BMA) has criticised plans to make "wilful neglect" a criminal offence under NHS changes.

The association said it would make it more difficult for doctors and nurses to speak out against their colleagues if they thought they would go to jail as a result.

Dr Andrew Collier, co-chairman of the BMA's junior doctors' committee said doctors who failed to meet certain standards needed help not a "climate of fear".