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Criticisms of health reform are “noticeably misinformed,” say supporters

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 13 May 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d3012
  1. Nigel Hawkes
  1. 1London

Defenders of Andrew Lansley’s health reforms in England have begun to find their voice. A week that began with a challenge from the Royal College of General Practitioners (BMJ 2011;342:d2947, 10 May, doi:10.1136/bmj.d2947) has since seen a solid performance by the health secretary in the House of Commons and a letter of support from 42 GPs in the Daily Telegraph who clearly don’t agree with their own royal college. Furthermore, a member of the “listening panel” set up to gather opinion on the health reform during a pause in the legislative process has hinted at possible amendments to the bill to head off opposition.

Mr Lansley still faces the Liberal Democrats in a wrecking mood, but at least his own party rallied to his support in the Commons, in contrast to some of his …

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