That BMA meeting in a nutshell

The BMA’s debate is plotted out in detail here on the Pulse blow-by-blow blog from their Special Representative Meeting if you want to read it. But in a nutshell:

  • BMA Chairman Hamish Meldrum survives the vote of no confidence in him (that calling the meeting implied)
  • Doctors voted overwhelmingly for more power and money (i.e. in favour of GP led Commissioning)
  • Other (salaried) GPs complained they wanted to be in the Consortia but their colleagues were snubbing them
  • Londonwide LMCs (Local Medical Councils) chief executive Dr Michelle Drage reminded them that the real fear is that if the BMA vote to reject the Health Bill, they will lose membership to the rival National Association of Primary Care
  • They debate price competition – which has already been dropped by the SoS
  • Oh, and they also voted in favour of the Health Bill

So as you can see, it was all about putting the needs of patients first. Actually, to be fair, they did discuss patient confidentiality which is important and amendments need to be tabled that will ensure the personal health records remain just that unless permission is given to share them. And brave souls stood up and spoke about the opportunities there are now before them.

I can’t confess to have read every motion that was debated, but 2020health’s concerns on the Health Bill (and their impact on inequalities and structures) remain around as previously stated:

“The important questions about sorting out lines of authority and accountability, scrutinising proposed changes to NICE that will undermine our international standing, driving down demand and patient safety (as previously blogged here and here) are being given very little airing.”


About Julia Manning

Julia Manning is a social entrepreneur, writer, campaigner and commentator. She is based in London and is the founder and Chief Executive of 2020health, an independent, social enterprise Think Tank whose aim is to Make Health Personal. Through networking, technology, research, relationships and campaigning 2020health has influenced opinion and action in fields as diverse as bioethics, alcohol, emerging technologies, fraud, education, consumer technology and vaccination. Julia studied visual science at City University and became a member of the College of Optometrists in 1991. Her career has included being a visiting lecturer at City University, a visiting clinician at the Royal Free Hospital, working with south London Primary Care Trusts and as a Director of the UK Institute of Optometry. She specialised in diabetes (University of Warwick Certificate in Diabetic Care) and founded Julia Manning Eyecare in 2004, a home and prison visiting practice for people with mental and physical disabilities using the latest digital technology, which she sold to Healthcall (now part of Specsavers) in 2009. Experiences of working in the NHS, contributing to policy development, raising two children in the inner-city and standing in the General Election in Bristol in 2005 led to Julia forming 2020health at the end of 2006. Julia is a regular guest on TV and radio shows such as BBC News, ITV’s Daybreak/ GMB, Channel 5 News, BBC 1′s The Big Questions, BBC Radio, LBC and has taken part in debates and contributed to BBC’s Newsnight, Panorama, You and Yours and ITV’s The Week. She is mum to a rugby-mad son, a daughter passionate about Shakespeare, and wife of a comprehensive school assistant head-teacher. She loves gardening, ballet, Zimbabwe, her Westies Skye and Angus, is an honorary research associate at UCL and a Fellow of the RSA.
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