‘No more games’ on NHS, urges BMA


Published: Monday 16th February 2015 by The News Editor

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Thousands of NHS patients are being caught in the middle of game-playing by politicians, doctors’ leaders have warned.

The British Medical Association (BMA) has launched a new campaign calling on political parties to be more open in the run-up to the general election about how they will secure the future of the NHS.

Posters have been unveiled on billboards and bus shelters with the message: “No more games”, as the BMA calls for an open and honest public debate about the institution.

BMA council chairman Dr Mark Porter said a public poll found that more than three-quarters (77%) of those asked believed the main political parties to be designing health policies to win votes, instead of what is best for the health service.

He said: “The NHS is one of the UK’s towering achievements, but for too long it has been used to play political games. With health the public’s number one election issue, this game-playing is on the rise with all political parties laying the blame for the current NHS crisis at each other’s door rather than facing the problem head-on.

“Against the background of the worst A&E waiting time figures for a decade, the public is being treated to claims and counter-claims from political parties about ‘weaponising’ the health service, ‘betraying’ the public’s trust on the NHS. Caught in the middle are thousands of patients and NHS staff waiting for real, evidenced solutions.

“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.”

Published: Monday 16th February 2015 by The News Editor

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