Royal College of Physicians votes to ballot members on whether to demand health bill’s withdrawal

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 28 February 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e1523
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1London

Fellows of the Royal College of Physicians voted five to one (80% versus 16%) to survey the college’s 25 500 members on whether it should call for further changes to the Health and Social Care Bill or demand its withdrawal.

In other motions, which are not binding to the college but will be sent to its council for consideration, 89% of 186 fellows who attended the meeting on 27 February agreed that the bill will damage the NHS and the health of patients and 79% said that the college should call for it to be withdrawn.

Furthermore 81% endorsed a call for the college to join forces with other health bodies that want the proposed NHS changes to be scrapped, such as the BMA and the royal colleges representing GPs, paediatricians, psychiatrists, nurses, and midwives and societies representing radiographers, geriatricians, and others.

With the Royal College of Surgeons due …

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