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BMA attacks government for “chasing headlines” instead of tackling NHS problems

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: (Published 17 August 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h4478
  1. Matthew Limb
  1. 1London

The BMA has accused ministers of alienating doctors and attacking their professionalism in a fierce critique of the government’s first 100 days in office.

The BMA’s chair of council, Mark Porter, said that the government had been “chasing headlines” since its general election win in May 2015 rather than tackling the country’s health problems. Porter said on 15 August that the government’s efforts so far had been wrongly focused and were characterised by “rhetoric at the expense of detail.”

He said, “We have seen no detail on how the £22bn [€31bn; $34bn] black hole in NHS finances in England is going to be closed, no definition about seven day services, and an apparent intention to water down safeguards for patients and …

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