A Tweet this morning mentioned a letter to the Times for doctors to sign; I tracked it down, and reproduce it below. If you sign up, make sure you give your title, name, place of work and phone number (this is to ensure people are for real).
Would anyone be willing to sign the following letter to the Times?
Please feel free to forward to medical colleagues, including people outside Liverpool, or to circulate by any other means you can think of.
Unfortunately the timescale is again very pressing – I will need to submit the letter on Monday morning for publication on Tuesday (when the bill returns to the commons). Please ask people to reply to me at <
mailto:Jonathan.firstname.lastname@example.org>, and to include their job title and location.
On 20 July, the national Council of the British Medical Association (BMA) agreed to start a public campaign calling for the complete withdrawal of the Health and Social Care Bill. This was in recognition of the medical profession’s overwhelming rejection of the Bill, and a failure of the government to address adequately concerns about the further privatisation of the National Health Service. It was also agreed that the government is misleading the public by repeatedly stating that there will be no privatisation of the NHS.
As doctors working in England, we agree that this legislation will cause irreparable harm to the health service if passed in any form. The misguided focus on competition, and on service provision by Any Qualified Provider, will result in a fragmented and unequal service, with a loss of public accountability, and a damaging focus instead on services which are financially profitable.
Although the Bill has been presented both to the public and healthcare professionals as a “done deal”, it lacks an electoral mandate. It is being rushed through at great cost, despite the serious concerns of healthcare experts and professional bodies, and with scant regard for evidence or any provision for piloting.
We applaud and support the position adopted by the BMA Council, and call on the government to withdraw the Bill.