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Public health doctors call for House of Lords to reject health bill

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 04 October 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d6391
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1London

More than 400 public health doctors, academics, and specialists are calling on members of the House of Lords to reject the government’s Health and Social Care Bill when it is presented for its second reading there on 11 October.

The letter, published in the Daily Telegraph on 4 October, claims that “the Bill will do irreparable harm to the NHS, individual patients, and to society as a whole” and “will not deliver efficiency, quality, fairness or choice” (

For the bill to be rejected, a member of the House of Lords must first table a motion calling for rejection, but this has not yet happened.

The letter criticises in particular the “significantly …

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