UK health secretary accuses BMA of distorting government proposals for polyclinics

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: (Published 12 June 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:1328
  1. Deborah Cohen
  1. 1BMJ

    Alan Johnson this week attacked the BMA for its “ludicrous misrepresentation” of UK government proposals for polyclinics, in a speech at the launch of a government report about health inequalities.

    At the event, organised by the Institute for Public Policy Research, he described the opposition by the BMA and the Conservative party to the government plans as “a faint echo of their infamous double act 60 years ago, when they opposed the creation of the NHS itself.”

    The speech followed a week of growing tension between the Department of Health and the BMA about polyclinics, including an article in the Observer newspaper by Alan Johnson accusing the …

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