During the Health Bill's troubled journey through Parliament the Medical Royal Colleges played a vital role in lobbying political decision makers. They are trusted friends of Government and seen as apolitical sounding boards. Ministers and Peers often speak to the College Presidents and ask their views on whether policies are 'on track' or able to be pushed through.
This is why their role is vital when changes to the NHS are proposed by politicians.
We are currently seeing vital legislation proposed in Parliament that will force competitive tendering onto newly formed CCGs. Lobbying of MPs and Lords in the next 2 weeks is of huge importance to try and derail these changes. Many NHS workers do not wish to see large corporate companies take over NHS services in order to maximise their profits and boost their share prices.
I have decided to set up my 'Call on the College' website to ask ordinary Medical College members to lobby their College. I will collate the names and forward them on in the next 10 days in order for the College hierarchy to understand that their members do not wish to have competitive tendering forced onto their local NHS services.
It is vital Medical Royal College listen to their members and speak out to defend NHS services. The NHS is heading rapidly towards being parcelled up and sold off to the highest bidder. We must do all we can to stop it.