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BMA ups anti-Health Bill campaign

BMA ups anti-Health Bill campaign

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The British Medical Association (BMA) has pledged to up its anti-Health and Social Care Bill lobbying activity ahead of its second reading in the House of Lords.

A programme of lobbying, local events and further campaigning activity has been agreed to highlight doctors' major concerns about the Bill.

A spokesperson for the BMA said such activity is in the "development stages" and refused to comment further when asked for more detail by GP Business.

"The clear view of BMA Council is that the Health and Social Care Bill remains deeply flawed and should be withdrawn or at the very least significantly amended," said Dr Hamish Meldrum, chairman of the BMA Council.

"The BMA will continue to publicly and vigorously highlight the concerns of doctors and patients, particularly to peers who have a real opportunity to protect the NHS by addressing the damage that could be done by many aspects of these reforms."

Members also gave their full support to the way in which Meldrum has handled BMA policy on the Health and Social Care Bill as agreed at the BMA's 2011 annual representative meeting and subsequent Council meeting. 

Meldrum has previously received criticism from BMA members for not promoting the BMA's concerns on the Bill strongly enough.


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