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BMA meeting: BMA passes vote of no confidence in health secretary

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f4106 (Published 25 June 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f4106
  1. Nigel Hawkes
  1. 1Edinburgh

The BMA has passed a vote of no confidence in England’s health secretary, Jeremy Hunt. At its annual representative meeting on Monday 24 June a motion linking Hunt’s “attack on the NHS and his comments about mediocrity and coasting” with a call to express no confidence in him was passed overwhelmingly, with only a handful of dissenters.

Jacky Davis, a consultant radiologist at the Whittington Hospital in London and a member of the BMA council, said that Hunt had provoked a huge wave of anger among doctors.

“His main interest seems to be blaming staff for the predictable chaos resulting from his government’s policies,” she said. “How much longer are we going to put up with the government treating the NHS as a car boot sale? There are so many reasons to have no confidence …

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