Final attempts are made to stop and amend the health bill

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 19 March 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e2153
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1London

Final attempts to stop and amend the Health and Social Care Bill are being made by two crossbench peers on 19 March during its third reading in the House of Lords. While David Owen will try to stop further progress of the bill until the register of risks associated with the changes to the NHS is published, Ilora Finlay is calling for two further amendments to establish a public register of all commissioning contracts.

In a separate move, a group of 240 doctors has promised to put up candidates to oppose coalition MPs at the next general election in protest at the changes proposed for the NHS in England. In a letter to the Independent on Sunday they condemned the health bill as an “embarrassment to democracy” and pledged to oppose MPs who had voted for it, including the health secretary for England, Andrew Lansley.

Clive Peedell, co-chairman of the NHS Consultants’ Association, who organised the letter, said that he hoped to field as many candidates as possible at the next election.

Lord Owen will deliver a petition organised …

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