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Members are split on how Royal College of Physicians should proceed on health bill

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 19 March 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e2140
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1London

Although fellows and members of the Royal College of Physicians are personally in favour of rejecting the Health and Social Care Bill, they are split on whether the college should change its policy of critical engagement with the government, show the results of a ballot.

A third of fellows and members (8878 of 25 417 (35%)) responded to the survey, which ran from 5 March to 15 March, and 69% (6092) of respondents opted to “reject” the bill as it stood. However, when asked a supplementary question on how they wished the …

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