GPs’ leader calls for new dialogue on NHS if health bill is scrapped

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 02 March 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e1604
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1London

The chairman of the BMA’s General Practitioners Committee says that the Health and Social Care Bill will not increase GPs’ ability to improve the health service, as the government claims, and that a new dialogue is needed to set the agenda for the future of the NHS.

In a letter to all GPs in England, Laurence Buckman, the committee’s chairman, warns GPs that “over time, it has become clear that this is the most top-down reorganisation the NHS has seen since its inception” and that the changes planned for the NHS will damage GPs’ relationships with patients.

The letter follows a meeting of the committee earlier this week at which a motion was passed calling for the government to withdraw the bill and enter into dialogue with the BMA …

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