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Rapid response to:


Health department warned Vote Leave campaign not to use NHS logo

BMJ 2016; 355 doi: (Published 12 October 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;355:i5482

Rapid Response:

Re: Health department warned Vote Leave campaign not to use NHS logo

Dear Dr McCartney,

I read with great interest your article on Vote Leave breaking the rules over the NHS logo published on the 15th of October in the BMJ.

Now as a resident of Edgbaston, Birmingham, Gisela Stuart is my MP and I have consistently voted for her over the years as many of the labour principles are in kilter with my own. I was however mildly irritated that she decided to take the 'Leave' side, and now that almost all the Brexiteers have decided that there will be no magical £350 million to spend on the NHS together with the new information gleaned from your article, I find myself feeling strongly against what in retrospect was not just a misleading, but also borderline illegal campaign.

How did the department of health let it slide? Are they feckless or just blind?

I have emailed Gisela Stuart's team voicing my deep concerns and am expecting a response from her soon.

Thank you for enlightening me and giving me some fire to engage with my local (former favourite) politician.

Kind Regards.

Competing interests: No competing interests

29 October 2016
Njalalle Baraza
Orthopaedic Surgeon