Sharp words are being spoken at the BMA conference today against competition (so the want protectionism?) , changes to pensions (so they are happy to see Doctors pensions bankrupt the country?) and any financial repercussions on the NHS of the deficit (ring-fencing a budget is one thing, deficit impact-denial is another).
But only 25% of their local negotiating committee (LNC) chairs bothered to respond to the BMA survey on the impact of the economic crisis. We conjecture that this is because most front-line staff witness the waste in the system and genuinely believe there is room for improvement; that they don’t see private providers as the enemy but organisations with a parallel interest in patient care who have shown themselves ready and willing to share the burden; and that there are those who appreciate that current NHS pension provision is unsustainable.
We regret the BMA chairman’s stance. Just because the last government were in denial of the financial crisis in the past doesn’t mean that he can use this as an excuse to be totally unrealistic about the future.