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BMA calls for amended health bill to be withdrawn

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d4701 (Published 21 July 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d4701
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1London

The BMA has said it will launch a public campaign to call for the withdrawal of the Health and Social Bill because of continuing concerns among doctors about key aspects of the changes planned for the health service despite amendments after the government’s listening exercise.

At a council meeting on 20 July the BMA rejected the idea that the government’s proposed changes to the bill will substantially reduce the risk of further marketisation and privatisation of the NHS. It said that the government was misleading the public by repeatedly stating that there will be no privatisation of the NHS.

In a statement issued after the meeting Hamish Meldrum, chairman of council at the …

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