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Public health doctors vote for their faculty to oppose the health bill

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e690 (Published 26 January 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e690
  1. Matthew Limb
  1. 1London

Members of the Faculty of Public Health have defied their leadership and voted for it to fight to oppose the Health and Social Care Bill.

The faculty announced on 26 January that it will be asking its entire membership in a survey whether it should continue its current approach of lobbying and pushing amendments to the bill.

Nearly 200 members attended a “passionate” emergency general meeting in Birmingham on 25 January. It was called to debate grass roots opposition to the governing board’s “inadequate” stance on the government’s health changes.

The meeting was closed to the press; the BMJ spoke to faculty members beforehand and afterwards.

Alex Scott-Samuel, clinical senior lecturer in public health at Liverpool University and a …

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