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Lobbying bill could curtail public health campaigns, warns BMA

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f6380 (Published 22 October 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f6380
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1BMJ

Doctors’ leaders have called on the UK government to pause and reconsider its proposed bill on lobbying. They say that the legislation could severely limit organisations such as the BMA that campaign on public health issues, including smoking, during an election year.

The warning was issued in a briefing paper by the BMA the day before the House of Lords was due to hold its second reading of the Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill on 22 October.1

The bill was introduced into the House of Commons in July this year with the aim of honouring the prime minister’s pre-election promise to end lobbying scandals. But many organisations have complained at …

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