GPs protest against NHS reforms

GPs voiced their anger at NHS reforms by joining tens of thousands of protesters in a TUC march through central London on Saturday.

Health Act protest: GPs joined march through London
Health Act protest: GPs joined march through London

GPs and other members of the Medical Practitioners' Union (MPU) carried a banner from Embankment to Hyde Park.

Speaking before the event, MPU president and retired GP Dr Ron Singer said: ‘MPU doctors are continuing the fight for an NHS, oppressed by the new Health Act, keeping its core values of a comprehensive service free at the point of delivery.

‘MPU believes that the Health Act is bad news for the NHS. GPs are being used by the government to mis-inform the public that the NHS will be run by clinicians and will be designed "by the people that know you best, your GP".’

Dr Singer added: ‘Doctors have a clear duty to speak out when services for patients are threatened. It is now crystal clear that cut backs are beginning to have an effect on waiting times in A&E and for operations and that some PCTs, before they are abolished, are restricting important operations for conditions such as cataracts, hips and knees.’  

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