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Government has turned NHS into “Byzantine system” nobody wanted, Porter says

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f4097 (Published 24 June 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f4097
  1. Nigel Hawkes
  1. 1Edinburgh

The government has driven the NHS in England “to the edge” by budget cuts and unwanted legislation, while failing to listen to doctors who are trying to deal with an unprecedented scale of demand, the BMA’s chairman of council said today.

Mark Porter, making his first speech to the BMA’s annual representative meeting since becoming chairman of the association, said that the government had built “a Byzantine system that nobody wanted” while responding to the real issues of the NHS in ways that were both inadequate and divisive.

He won the loudest applause from representatives for an attack on moves towards an NHS that was open 24 hours a day, seven …

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