Public thinks health policies aim to win votes, not protect healthcare, finds BMA pollBMJ 2014; 348 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g4185 (Published 25 June 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g4185
- Zosia Kmietowicz
- 1The BMJ
Political parties design health policies to win votes rather than doing what is in the best interests of the NHS, a poll ahead of the BMA’s annual representatives meeting has found.
The public also believes that doctors should have a greater say in how the NHS is run, with 66% of nearly 2000 people surveyed saying that they were in favour of doctors taking a lead role in managing health services.
Mark Porter, the BMA’s chairman of council, said the results were a clear indication that the public thought the same way as doctors and wanted to see the politics taken out of the NHS. “Politicians should …