BMA to work with DoH on White Paper but wants more detail

The BMA is to adopt a policy of 'constructive engagement' in its response to the White Paper consultation, GP leaders say.

Dr Watson: some areas of the White Paper need more detail
Dr Watson: some areas of the White Paper need more detail

On Thursday the GPC met for the last time before the White Paper consultation period ends and discussed the BMA’s response to the proposed changes.

GPC member Dr Nigel Watson said that there were ‘bits of the White Paper we would strongly support’ but said there were areas that needed more detail.

Agreeing to work constructively with the government was 'perfectly appropriate at this stage' said GPC member Dr Ron Singer. Any formal opposition to specific aspects of the policy are likely to come later, he said.

‘The BMA has prepared a number of papers in its response and it’s fairly straight forward. The response is one of constructive engagement.’

‘There is a long way to go before we see the final details and take up a position on what we might oppose.’

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