GPs Organising to Oppose NHS Bill
24th February 2011
Last week saw a meeting of GPs heralding the firming up of their opposition to the NHS Bill being introduce by Andrew Lansley .The London section of the British Medical Association called for it ‘to scrap the organisations policy of critical engagement and instead introduce a policy of total opposition to the Bill’ according to the GP’s Ezine PULSE.
PULSE has since reported that 80% of the 250 people present supported the motion to poll BMA members on ‘all forms of action the BMA could take to prevent the implementation of the Health Bill, which specifically includes the whether they should consider industrial action.’ All ‘forms of action’ should ‘be geared to avoid patients suffering’ but it is clear that there is increased militancy amongst GPs.
On 15th March there will be a national Special Representatives meeting of the BMA at which the BMA Council member Dr Jacky Davies has called for motions which would ‘chuck out the whole Bill’ adding ‘fingers crossed we can kill the Bill and dump Lansley with it’.
Dr. Jacky Davis’s speech to the Coalition of Resistance conference
Speak to your GP, lobby your MP, act now before it’s too late
Unison have an “Our NHS, Our Future” section on their site, featuring a range of useful resources for campaigning in defence of our health service. In particular, they have drafted model letters that people can use (or modify) when writing to their GPs, and their MPs. There is also a presentation explaining the risks presented by the Health and Social Care Bill.