BMA chairman says Lansley may be forced to quit

Health secretary Andrew Lansley may lose his job if there are major changes to his Health Bill, according to BMA chairman Dr Hamish Meldrum.

Mr Lansley may lose his job if changes to Health Bill happen
Mr Lansley may lose his job if changes to Health Bill happen

‘It might be difficult for him to stay on if we see the significant changes to the reforms that we are asking for. But that's not a decision that's mine to make – it's for the prime minister,’ Dr Meldrum said.

‘But yes, it's true that his credibility would be badly damaged if the Bill was watered down because he is so personally associated with the reforms.’

Dr Meldrum’s comments came in an interview with The Guardian this week

The story comes just three months after the same newspaper reported that the BMA chairman himself ‘could be toppled’ by doctors angry about the reforms ahead of the BMA special representative meeting held to debate the NHS reforms in March.

Nick Bostock

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