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Onemunki says: We live in a world of genuine tragedy, starvation and terror. So, after hearing stories of cruise line passengers complaining at the air conditioning breaking down, what stories of sheer single-minded self-pity get your goat?

(, Thu 1 Mar 2012, 12:00)
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Hmm
I shall PM thee re the first bit.

Regarding the second bit, I find it bizarre that the government are trying the whole "oh people don't really understand it, that's why they don't want it." Leaving everything else aside, look at how many professional bodies are opposing the bill: BMA, RCN, RCPCH... if nothing else, these people ARE the NHS clinicians and are many things, but stupid they aint.
(, Sat 3 Mar 2012, 11:09, closed)
I'm a GP reg and I support the bill.
As do a couple of the royal colleges you didn't mention.
I can understand the concerns about some of the finer details of the bill will work but the basic principle is sound and has worked before. The reforms were not the government's idea, many GPs have been pushing for this for years. They may have finally been accepted by the government because of the potential to save money but the bill was not created in order to privatise the NHS and there is an awful lot of scare-mongering from the media.
(, Tue 6 Mar 2012, 1:20, closed)
Erm....
...but the Royal College of General Practitioners do NOT support the bill and believe it should be withdrawn in its entirety.

www.rcgp.org.uk/news/press_releases_and_statements/response_to_lord_crisp.aspx

Anyway, despite what many of them believe, there is more to the NHS than General Practitioners.

The Royal College of Surgeons are holding an EGM as they are unsure whether to continue supporting the bill, as are the Royal College of Physicians, 92.5% of whom reject the bill.

Nobody disagrees that there is a need for reform in the NHS, but a massive restructuring going against many of the guiding principles of the NHS.

I assume when you suggest that "this has worked before" you are talking about GP fundholding which turned out to be a total fiasco.

This is NOT just media scaremongering. Support for this bill from professionals across the board is waning. The government are NOT engaging with the public or the professional bodies.
(, Tue 6 Mar 2012, 12:00, closed)
The RCGP does not represent the opionion of all GPs. Throughout my training it has become clear to me that the college only has it's own interests at heart.
And I don't know what you're basing your opinion that fundholding was 'a total fiasco' on unless you are referring to the way that the Labour goverment decided to abolish it without any evidence that it wouldn't work.
(, Tue 6 Mar 2012, 13:33, closed)

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