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BMA launches major campaign against 'point-scoring' in run-up to the election

The Government and opposition politicians have come under attack from the BMA today, with doctors telling them to stop ‘playing games with the nation’s health’ by announcing ‘political point-scoring’ exercises such as the GP dementia case finding scheme or 48-hour GP appointment target.

The BMA has used the two schemes, brought by the Government and the Opposition respectively, as examples of ‘short-term funding’ announcements which have to stop in favour of all political parties to commit to properly fund the NHS.

It launched the major new campaign - titled ‘No More Games’ - on the back of an Ipsos MORI survey of the 2,000 members of the public, which showed 77% now think that politicians are designing health policies to win votes, rather than focusing what is best for the NHS.

As part of the campaign, the BMA has unveiled a sculpture designed specifically for the campaign by Russell Beck, famous for the 10m high cigarette displayed in London’s Trafalgar Square, which was revealed in a video clip, as well as a poster campaign, which will be put up across the country.

The campaign calls for: ‘No more games with the public’s health; no more games with NHS funding; and no more games with who’s providing patient care.’

Dr Krishna Kasaraneni, chair of the GPC workforce and education subcommittee, said: ‘Leading up to the election, this is to highlight that we need honest debates.

‘We need long-term investment in the NHS, and of course general practice.

‘This is not aimed at one particular party, it is aimed at all of them. We cannot have any more gimmicky policies aimed at the short-term, and the politicians must inform the public about what is really needed.’

BMA chair Dr Mark Porter said: ‘The BMA is calling for an open and honest debate in which all political parties come together with the public to ensure the long-term future of the NHS. We want to see a stop to the headline-grabbing such as 48-hour targets for GP appointments, payments for dementia diagnoses and unfunded budget pledges.

‘It is not just doctors sounding this call - 77% of the public believe politicians are designing health policies simply to win votes.

‘The scale of the campaign just goes to demonstrate just how concerned doctors are, and we aim to ensure that every member of the public sees it and adds their voice to ours in calling for an end to the game-playing and the start of an open and honest public debate on how we create a long-term, sustainable plan for the NHS.’


The BMA’s campaign

No more games with the public’s health

  • We want long term commitment to address the major public health issues in our society
  • Public confidence that health services will be properly resourced, easy to access and free at the point of use, now and in the future.

No more games with NHS funding

  • We want all political parties to commit to long term investment to secure the future of the NHS.
  • Short term funding announcements to score political points must become a thing of the past.

No more games with who’s providing patient care

  • The health and wellbeing of patients must always come before making profits from healthcare.
  • We believe that a publically funded, publically provided service delivers the best patient care

Source: BMA

Readers' comments (12)

  • Come on, Hunt intends on "politically terrorising NHS workers" in the run up the the General Election.
    Personally, I wish I had never heard of the NHS-I'd rather have been a postman or just about anything else and I am sure many feel the same.

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  • The Daily Mail will be "waging war against the NHS" and "menacing evil GPs"-as the Tories "pet" they will be "snarling" and "showing teeth" to the usual suspects......this kind of media behaviour is exactly what makes me think daily about an exit strategy from General Practice.
    Hunt's "pets" are "out of control" but he has not got the balls to realise he needs to "muzzle them"

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  • just what we need... a poster from the BMA.

    I bet the jeremy hunt is quivering in his boots....

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  • "Anonymous | GP Partner | 16 February 2015 10:45am
    Personally, I wish I had never heard of the NHS-I'd rather have been a postman or just about anything else and I am sure many feel the same."

    We do......as i left the house this morning I told my wife how much dislike my job. And then had to rephrase as it is worse than that - I detest it. I was going to be GP trainer a while back and withdrew from the course as I can't bring myself to inflict this career on anyone else. So sad....

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  • BMA chair Dr Mark Porter said: ‘The BMA is calling for an open and honest debate".

    Open and honest debate?! From the BMA?! Who won't ballot grassroots GPs to ask what WE want!

    Pot call the kettle.......

    Pathetic

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  • Vinci Ho

    Fifty Shades of Hunt with all his 'games'

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  • As usual, BMA high command have opinonated without bothering to consult those they allegedly represent.

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  • This from the BMA that publicly betrayed the GPC by saying that it disagreed with the GPC call for GPs' % of the NHS budget to be restored.

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  • I resigned from the BMA 4 years and paid the money they would have got to charity. This charity looks after and represent a child in the developing world and I can see young underprivileged children grow up with some help for them and their families directly. This is money well spend on a useful exercise rather than on the utterly useless BMA who do not represent any of my interests (Pay, pension, quality of life) and I still get the same tax relief that I would throwing it away (I mean giving it to the BMA). WIn win all round. vote with your feet, the BMA will win grassroots GPs sweet funk all.

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  • Nothing we say will really make a difference to the politicians but voters will listen.
    I still love my job, despite it being harder than ever before.
    I truly love the fact that patients trust me, and I know they are right to do so. Only a few politicians can say that, and one of them is a GP.
    At some stage we all will have to cast our votes, none of the parties know what to do with healthcare. We need our media-politicians to guide them

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