BMA calls for an end to political games with NHS

Doctor's leaders are calling on politicians to stop playing political games with the NHS.

BMA: campaign to stop games with NHS
BMA: campaign to stop games with NHS

The BMA has launched a campaign ahead of the general election calling on politicians to have an open and honest debate about securing the future of the health service and to stop playing games with the nation’s health.

The BMA's 'No More Games' campaign is calling for:

No more games with the public’s health

      • Long-term commitment to address the major public health issues in our society.
      • Public confidence that health services will be properly resourced, easy to access and free at the point of use, now and in the future.

No more games with NHS funding

      • All political parties to commit to long-term investment to secure the future of the NHS.
      • No more games with who’s providing patient care
        • The health and wellbeing of patients must always come before making profits from healthcare.
        • We believe that a publically funded, publically provided service delivers the best patient care.

BMA chairman Dr Mark Porter highlighted claims and counterclaims from political parties about ‘weaponising’ the health service, and ‘betraying’ the public’s trust in the NHS.

In a recent poll for the BBC 77% of the public said parties were designing health policies based on winning votes rather than what is best for the NHS.

Public NHS support

The BMA will ask the public to sign up to support the campaign. Thousands of posters featuring a giant toy tower representing the NHS, will feature on billboards and bus shelters.

Dr Porter said: ‘The NHS is one of the UK’s towering achievements, but for too long it has been used to play political games. With health the public’s number one election issue, this game playing is on the rise with all political parties laying the blame for the current NHS crisis at each other’s door rather than facing the problem head on.

‘Caught in the middle are thousands of patients and NHS staff waiting for real, evidenced solutions.

‘The BMA is calling for an open and honest debate in which all political parties come together with the public to ensure the long-term future of the NHS. We want to see a stop to the headline-grabbing such as 48-hour targets for GP appointments, payments for dementia diagnoses and unfunded budget pledges.

‘The scale of the campaign just goes to demonstrate just how concerned doctors are, and we aim to ensure that every member of the public sees it and adds their voice to ours in calling for an end to the game-playing and the start of an open and honest public debate on how we create a long-term, sustainable plan for the NHS.’

BMA campaign poster

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