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Charges to see a GP

On June 29th 2017 at the annual BMA meeting of UK representatives I proposed a resolution that stated -


Motion by NORTH WEST REGIONAL COUNCIL: 

That this meeting opposes charges for patients:-

i)  to see a GP;
ii) if an appointment is missed. 


The resolution was passed with a significant majority and now becomes BMA policy. It was an important moment at a time when many commentators and some politicians are saying 'we need an honest debate about what the NHS can afford' which is doublespeak for 'lets bring in some charges to use NHS services'.

This was the speech I gave......


Chair
The BMA has clear policy supporting the 1948 founding principles of the NHS – comprehensive care free at the point of access available to EVERYONE funded from general taxation
We see a growing call to introduce charges to see a GP.
This will introduce a consumerist approach to healthcare. A consumerist approach will become part the doctor patient relationship. That will corrode the relationship w…