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How to become an MP

BMJ 2007; 335 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39353.702535.59 (Published 18 October 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:826
  1. Steven Duncan Ford, general practitioner, Haydon and Allen Valleys Medical Practice, Hexham, Northumberland
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    Ours is a participatory democracy—startling chiefly for the lack of participation. Membership of the hopelessly debt laden political parties is at an all time low, and the esteem in which parliament is held is likewise low. A variety of means to improve the situation have been mooted, but little seems to change. Could we doctors make a change? It is often noted that that public has more trust in doctors and other healthcare workers than in politicians; this is the right time, a last chance perhaps, to take our approval ratings out for a psephological test drive.

    We have witnessed problems arising from the healthcare “reforms” and can predict more of the same. As a group we have been on the receiving end of much government inspired unpleasantness: the precedence of budgets over care of patients, fragmentation of care, Modernising …

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