Saturday, 25 February 2012

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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Sunday, 5 February 2012

Keeping up the Pressure

There have been a number of developments this past week or so. The RCGP came out in full opposition to the Health Bill and caused a significant stir. Yes GPs are involved in commissioning but this does not mean they want the Health Bill in place and all that comes with it. The Royal College of Radiologists and Royal College of Physicians have called special meetings to allow their members to debate the Bill. The Chartered Society of Physiotherapists now oppose the Bill as well.

I have set up a survey for doctors who are members of a Royal College to anonymously ask their College for a special meeting to allow them to have a view and let their College leadership know what their feelings are about this legislation.

This survey can be found here - - and please do pass on the link to your medical colleagues. The more names we can gather the better - and it is anonymous - names will not be published.

More and more people and organisations are coming out in opposition to the Bill and it should be clear to the coalition now that this Bill has no professional support. It should be withdrawn immediately.

In a few weeks time the Bill will be back in the House of Commons where MPs will have their final vote on the legislation - it is now worth contacting your MP to ask them to vote against this damaging Bill. Here are some reasons why we dont need this Bill and why it must be stopped - do pick out some of these and advise your MP of them via this link - a short letter/email highlighting a few points is much more effective than a cut and paste email - it only takes 5-10 minutes and can make all the differnece.

Lets keep up the pressure! There really is all to play for.