BMA says anti-market stance not compromised by White Paper support

The BMA remains committed to its anti-marketisation campaign, despite plans to work with the government on the health White Paper, say council members.

Dr Wilson: the BMA will ‘critically engage’ with the government
Dr Wilson: the BMA will ‘critically engage’ with the government

The council met this week to finalise its response to the White Paper before the consultation period ends in October.  

GP and BMA council member Dr Fay Wilson said the BMA has decided to continue to 'critically engage' with the government despite many members' concerns that it will lead to greater privatisation of the NHS.

'The question was not whether to oppose privatisation but whether the whole White Paper should be opposed because it could lead to greater privatisation.  

‘We decided to stick to the previous policy, that of critical engagement, so we can help shape the reforms.'

Dr Wilson said the BMA’s response focused on ‘many, many’ areas of concern from education and training to the effect of GP commissioning on the doctor-patient relationship.

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