Public thinks health policies aim to win votes, not protect healthcare, finds BMA poll

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 25 June 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g4185
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1The BMJ

Political parties design health policies to win votes rather than doing what is in the best interests of the NHS, a poll ahead of the BMA’s annual representatives meeting has found.

The public also believes that doctors should have a greater say in how the NHS is run, with 66% of nearly 2000 people surveyed saying that they were in favour of doctors taking a lead role in managing health services.

Mark Porter, the BMA’s chairman of council, said the results were a clear indication that the public thought the same way as doctors and wanted to see the politics taken out of the NHS. “Politicians should …

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