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NHS reform bill: Royal College of GPs urges scrapping

February 3, 2012

extracts from BBC NEWS website – quotes from Radio 4 Today programme – 03 February 2012

Chair of the Royal College of GPs, Dr Clare Gerada: said:-

“The decision was not taken lightly, but it is clear that the college has been left with no alternative. The bill is a mess”

“We cannot sit back. Instead, we must once again raise our concerns in the hope that the prime minister will halt this damaging, unnecessary and expensive reorganisation which, in our view, risks leaving the poorest and most vulnerable in society to bear the brunt.”

She told the BBC Radio 4 Today programme that the bill would “turn the National Health Service into thousands of different health services, all competing for the same patients, the same knee, the same brain, the same heart.”

“Patients will find their care fragmented, it will be on different sites, it won’t join up, it will be difficult to hand over care and it will be phenomenally expensive to keep track of all these competing parts of the NHS.”

see also  http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2012/feb/03/royal-college-gps-health-bill?INTCMP=SRCH

If you are against the Bill, sign up and add your signature to NHS Campaign at 38 Degrees (it’s free) http://www.38degrees.org.uk/

If you’re not against, or don’t know enough to decide, ask your GP, or anyone who works in the NHS.

Please don’t believe Andrew Lansley, who tells us this will improve choice and save money. The NHS is far from perfect or efficient, but his Bill will accelerate privatisation, make delivery more complex, and hence increase cost.

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