More developments

It has been a busy time recently with almost daily (and sometimes hourly) developments on the Health Bill.

I very much support doctor led improvements to the NHS (commissioning) but oppose the Health Bill given what it will bring about and how it will damage equitable care. The BMA GP Committee has now formalised its position in opposing the Bill.

We have seen Mr Lansley mobbed outside Number 10 Downing St by members of the public unhappy with his Health Bill. Almost every body of health professionals in the NHS are against the Bill now and it seems difficult to believe that the Bill will be foisted on the NHS with such opposition.

The Observer has reported how the Royal Colleges are exerting pressure on the coalition and there is even a mention for our sister website - callonyourcollege!

It is a worrying time as to what the impact of the Bill will be on GPs and their commissioning efforts. This excellent paper outlines some major concerns.

The Royal College of Physicians will now ballot all their members on their views of the Bill and another vote at their special meeting voted to oppose the Bill itself which is a significant move for the RCP.

This article in the Observer shows how pressure on the Royal Colleges has made all the difference.

More Royal Colleges are due to meet soon to debate their position on the Bill and we hope they will come out in opposition much like the Faculty of Public Health, Royal College of Radiologists, Royal College of Child Health and RCGP. Politicians really do need to take heed and listen to those who work in the NHS day in day out - those who want the Bill to be dropped to allow them to get on with concentrating on patient care and improving the NHS further.

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