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Letters Open letter to BMA

BMA’s reply

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 11 January 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d126
  1. Hamish Meldrum, chairman of council1,
  2. Laurence Buckman, chairman, General Practitioners Committee1
  1. 1BMA, London WC1H 9JR, UK
  1. hmeldrum{at}

Since the government published its NHS White Paper in July, the BMA has played a leading part in responding critically to the proposals.1

The BMA’s position on the government’s plans is rooted in policies agreed through our democratic processes, is shaped by ongoing feedback and consultation with members, and follows several debates on the issue, endorsed by most of the elected council. The BMA represents all doctors in the UK, and so the range of views will always be broad: our job is to represent and support them all as fairly as possible.

The BMA has rightly acknowledged the aspects …

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