BMA moves towards all-out opposition to Health Bill

A meeting of the BMA's London Regional Council has signalled the first step in a shift towards all-out opposition to the Health Bill by the BMA.

Dr Deborah Colvin: the mood at the London meeting was 'incredibly anti the reforms'
Dr Deborah Colvin: the mood at the London meeting was 'incredibly anti the reforms'

The meeting concluded with members voting in favour of the BMA condemning the Bill in its entirety, which will be passed on to the main BMA council ahead of its Special Representative Meeting in March.

The meeting suggests there will be enough opposition to the Bill at the special meeting in March to change the BMA's stance of 'critical engagement' to a more robust opposition.

Dr Deborah Colvin, chairwoman of City and Hackney LMC, said the mood at the London meeting was 'incredibly anti the reforms.'

But she said BMA chairman Dr Hamish Meldrum's performance was 'fantastic', ending speculation that he was under pressure to step down.

‘His reason for the BMA not having fought the reforms harder at the beginning was that there had not been enough detail for them to get hold of. Now there is more detail they are speaking out. They have set up a lot of tools... people need to lobby their MPs and make their voice heard.’

Health minister Simon Burns, who also attended the debate, ‘couldn’t reassure people on anything,' said Dr Colvin.

Londonwide LMCs chief executive Dr Michelle Drage said doctors at the meeting condemned the Bill but were 'confident in Dr Meldrum's leadership.'

GPC chairman Dr laurence Buckman said the BMA had recieved 'hundreds' of motions ahead of the Special Representative Meeting on March 15.

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