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New BMA campaign calls on politicians to stop using NHS to score points

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: (Published 16 February 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h903

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And pigs might fly...

Is this the same BMA who fought tooth and nail to oppose the creation of the NHS ?

Granted, they have come a long way, but doctors still assume they own the health service. They do not. The nation does. The politicians have a right to guide the NHS since they will have to raise the taxes and answer to the nation.

Every election year the BMA comes up with some sort of 'hands-off our NHS' campaign, arguing that they know better than everyone else how to run it. Much as one expects from any trade union such as teachers or policemen in a state-owned service, they will defend self-interest dressed up as the greater good. They might do far better if they backed off from national policy-making, and encouraged cross-party strategic planning instead, starting with the obvious longterm consensus of universality of access, funded through taxation, free-at-the-point-of-use.

Competing interests: becoming more of a patient than a doctor

21 February 2015
L Sam Lewis
retired GP
Surgery, Newport, Pembrokeshire SA42 0TJ