BMA meeting: BMA refuses to reject health bill “in its entirety”

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 29 June 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d4126
  1. Nigel Hawkes
  1. 1Cardiff

Doctors at the BMA’s annual meeting have narrowly refused to call for the Health and Social Care Bill to be rejected “in its entirety.”

Hamish Meldrum, the BMA’s chairman of council, had appealed to representatives to vote against the motion, and he got his way. But it was a close run thing, with 45% of those voting calling for outright rejection and 54% opposing the motion.

So the annual meeting followed the earlier special representative meeting in sustaining the BMA’s engagement with the bill while demonstrating that doctors are split almost down the middle over whether anything worthwhile can be rescued from it.

The refuseniks, led by Jacqueline Davis of the BMA council, had struggled even to get their “entirety” motion tabled. The agenda included a series of motions suggesting further changes to the bill, including one that called (among other things) on the …

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