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BMA Annual Representative Meeting: BMA votes against affiliating with anti-privatisation group

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.333.7557.14-i (Published 29 June 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:14
  1. Annabel Ferriman
  1. Belfast

    The BMA voted by 59% to 41% against affiliating with the pressure group Keep Our NHS Public at its annual representative meeting in Belfast, but it reaffirmed the group's aims and principles.

    Wendy Savage, an obstetrician and gynaecologist, said in proposing a motion in favour of affiliation that the group had been set up in 2005 because of “an urgent need to defend the NHS” and prevent it adopting the wasteful, inequitable systems of the United States.

    Professor Savage told the meeting that if representatives did not believe that the government was creating a market, they should …

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