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Doctors rage at ‘reforms’

by Yuri Prasad
Issue No. 2243

Doctors at an emergency union meeting this week called for an end to Tory plans to “reform” the NHS in England.

Delegates at a special conference of the British Medical Association (BMA) voted in favour of calling on ministers to withdraw the health bill.

The bill, which is currently going through parliament, paves the way for increased NHS privatisation.

A motion to move the BMA into “outright opposition” to the bill was to be discussed as Socialist Worker went to press.

Ron Singer, a delegate from London, said that the mood of the conference was angry.

“Medical student and junior doctor delegates are leading the charge against those in our leadership that want to negotiate with the government,” he told Socialist Worker.

“And, so far, we in the opposition are winning the day. We got at least two thirds of the vote.

“The younger members are angry that, on top of thousands of pounds of tuition fee debt, they will now be expected to work for the private firms that leech off the NHS.”

A lively demonstration outside the conference by supporters of Keep Our NHS Public was warmly received.

“Doctors thought it was only right that their patients should let them know how worried they are for the future,” said Ron.

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Tue 15 Mar 2011, 18:46 GMT
Issue No. 2243
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