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Rapid response to:


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

Rapid Response:

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

I certainly do not intend to belittle this important message. I have written before that to save the NHS from being a political football one should even take it out of the hands of the politicians. But that I know is wishful thinking.

Permit me, however, to make a more positive contribution. It takes two to tango and often even to play a game. I do not diminish the role of the patients but in this context the key players would be the MPs and the doctors represented by the BMA. Is it just the MPs who have played a political game with the NHS: it is just worth a recall. The public may well say let those without fault cast the first stone.

The BMA has made very justifiable demands in the interest of the NHS and the patients. To convince the public of their genuine interest should the BMA not declare its contributions to this discussion. The public expects the doctors also to deliver best care for the patients and a long term sustainable plan for the NHS.

A public declaration would be a great and positive contribution. The patients would be greatly appreciative.

Competing interests: No competing interests

22 February 2015
Anton E Joseph
Retired Consultant Radiologist
St. George's NHS Trust, Croydon University Hospital
Blackshaw Road London SW17 0QT