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A few recent news articles about the UK’s Conservative and Liberal-Democrat(Conservative) coalition government – the ConDem’s – brutal attack on the National Health Service.

Hackney CCG has followed Tower Hamlets CCG in opposing the Health and Social Care / Destroy the NHS Bill.

City and Hackney’s CCG announcement comes just days after the shock move by Tower Hamlets CCG, which is led by GP Dr Sam Everington – who was once a vocal supporter of the government’s plans – to call for the bill’s withdrawal.

… In a letter written by the City and Hackney CCG today (Thursday), the group’s chairwoman Dr Clare Highton and chairman Dr Haren Patel, told David Cameron: “Like most NHS staff, we are afraid the NHS will be damaged beyond recognition in a few years if the Bill is passed.”

The letter asks Mr Cameron to “withdraw” the bill, because the CCG is already undergoing “huge disruption and a very bureaucratic process” as a result.

Liberal-Democrat activists are continuing in their efforts to have an emergency motion calling for the NHS bill to be “withdrawn or defeated”.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-17218403

Lib Dem activists will press for a vote on axing the NHS bill at next week’s spring conference – despite Nick Clegg’s efforts to reassure his party.

The deputy PM put forward changes on Tuesday which he said should allow the bill to proceed and reassure Lib Dems.

But activists will press for a motion urging the “deeply flawed” bill to be “withdrawn or defeated”.

Labour’s Andy Burnham said Lib Dems were “right to challenge the leadership of their party” on the issue.

But sources close to Mr Clegg told the BBC they believed the motion would be defeated, if selected for debate, once activists see the level of support for the amended bill among Lib Dem MPs and peers.

The motion says the Health and Social Care Bill for England, cannot be made “fit for purpose” by further amendments.

 

Yesterday’s statement by the BMA’s GPs committee.
NHS reform bill ‘complex, incoherent and not fit for purpose’, say doctors

BMA letter opposing NHS reforms

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