Doctors back no confidence vote in Jeremy Hunt

Doctors have backed a no confidence vote in health secretary Jeremy Hunt and have said that the BMA should 'consider' balloting GPs on withdrawal from engagement with CCGs.

Jeremy Hunt: lost confidence of doctors
Jeremy Hunt: lost confidence of doctors

Delegates at the BMA’s annual representative meeting in Edinburgh voted through a no confidence vote in the health secretary on Monday after a similar motion was lost at the UK LMCs conference last month.

Consultant and BMA council member Dr Jacky Davis proposed the motion, telling delegates Mr Hunt ‘ended the English NHS in April’ with the introduction of the Health and Social Care Act.

BMA chairman Dr Mark Porter told delegates to ‘feel free’ to vote however they wished after saying that ‘this present coalition government goes out of its way to act against the interest of patients’.

Doctors also backed a raft of motions criticising the government’s handling of CCGs, put forward by Tyne and Wear GP Dr George Rae. One of the motions said that ‘if CCGs are prevented from making decisions in the best interests of patients, the BMA should consider balloting GPs on withdrawal from engagement with CCGs’.

Dr Rae said that CCGs in reality have little autonomy. He added: ‘CCGs are going to have to [put services out to] tender...whether they like it or not’ under the controversial section 75 of the Health and Social Care Act.

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