BMA steps up opposition to aspects of the Health Bill

The BMA is to survey its members as it starts to lobby parliament to influence the government's NHS reforms.

Dr Buckman: many emerging consortia are already feeling pressurised because of the ‘premature collapse’ of some PCTs
Dr Buckman: many emerging consortia are already feeling pressurised because of the ‘premature collapse’ of some PCTs

In a letter to GPs, Dr Laurence Buckman warned that the reforms have ‘real potential to destabilise health economies’ and urged doctors to involve all their staff and colleagues to help shape the reform.

In an article for The Guardian which suggests the GPC is stepping up its opposition to the reforms, Dr Buckman warns that patients will become ‘internal medical tourists’, with the wealthy shopping round for consortia that offer expensive or rare treatments.

He writes in his letter to the profession that many emerging consortia are already feeling pressurised because of the ‘premature collapse’ of some PCTs.

A toolkit has been prepared for members who wish to support the BMA in lobbying, which includes practical guidance on how lobbying an MP.

The BMA has also commissioned Ipsos MORI to survey members ‘to ensure that our lobbying strategy reflects members’ concerns.'

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