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Doctors renew call for “obstinate government” to abandon health bill

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e1754 (Published 08 March 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e1754
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1London

Doctors at the BMA’s annual conference for hospital consultants on 7 March renewed their call for the government to abandon the Health and Social Care Bill, which their leader described as “447 pages of unintelligible red tape.”

In a call to arms Mark Porter, chair of the consultants committee, attacked the “belligerent and obstinate government” for pushing consultants into conflicts over the health bill and pensions “when we would far rather be planning improvement in …

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