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BMA meeting: Trust in doctors is key to meeting the challenges facing the NHS, says BMA chairman

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d4054 (Published 27 June 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d4054
  1. Matthew Limb
  1. 1London

The chairman of the BMA Council, Hamish Meldrum, has warned that trust between doctors and patients could be put at risk by the government’s reorganisation of the NHS.

Speaking ahead of the BMA’s annual representative meeting in Cardiff this week, Dr Meldrum said that he welcomed suggested “improvements” to the government’s Health and Social Care Bill made from the “listening exercise.”

But he said that some aspects of the bill were still a matter for concern, including the way commissioning arrangements would work in practice and the so called “quality premium.” …

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