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Use weak government to push for local NHS change, says MP

BMJ 2017; 357 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j2885 (Published 13 June 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;357:j2885
  1. Abi Rimmer
  1. BMJ Careers

Doctors’ and patients’ groups should use the current government’s weak position to push for improvements in their local NHS, a Scottish National Party MP has said.

The UK general election ended in a hung parliament after the Conservative Party won 318 seats, eight short of the 326 seats needed for a majority.

Philippa Whitford, a consultant breast cancer surgeon, was re-elected as the Scottish National Party MP for Central Ayrshire. She said that now was a good time for doctors’ and patients’ groups, charities, and representative bodies to propose detailed and thought-out plans for changes to their local NHS.

“I think there is a lot that local areas can do to put their MPs under pressure. But I think that a very simplistic ‘Save Hospital X’ [campaign] won’t do it because it becomes a chant . . . you might get that MP under pressure, but it …

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