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Health bill must be "withdrawn or substantially amended"

The BMA has written a letter of appeal today to peers in a final attempt to stop the health bill from being passed by the House of Lords.

In a letter to peers, the British Medical Association (BMA) chairman of council, Dr Hamish Meldrum, stated that the bill will “make it harder to create the seamless, efficient care that everyone agrees is key to future sustainability”.

The BMA has specified that it recognises that some of the proposals, such as giving more control to clinicians and patients, could create positive change in the health service, though it still remains fundamentally opposed to the reform bill as a whole.

Dr Meldrum stated that “on balance, the BMA still believes the Bill, as it currently stands, poses an unacceptably high risk to the NHS in England”.