Such is the weight of opposition by healthcare professionals that it is worth listing them to show the government’s dogmatic approach and failure to listen to those people who know best. The legislation is opposed by the British Medical Association, BOS, the British Dental Association, the British Geriatrics Society, the British Psychological Society, the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, the Community Practitioners and Health Visitors Association, CSP, the GMB, the Institute of Healthcare Management, Managers in Partnership, the Patients Association, Royal College of GPs, Royal College of Midwives, Royal College of Nursing, Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists, Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, Royal College of Psychiatrists, Royal College of Radiologists, Royal College of Surgeons, Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists, Society of Radiographers, The Allied Health Professions Federation, UK Faculty of Public Health, Unison, and Unite.
Nisar Malik (pictured), chair of the Brentford and Isleworth Labour Party said: “The Labour Party is completely opposed to the NHS Bill. The proposals have no support in the medical profession, have been rushed through Parliament and represent a grave threat to the founding principles of the National Health Service.
“We are especially concerned by the ill-defined proposal to increase competition in the health service. This coalition government seems to want to increase private sector provision in the NHS at any cost, even at the expense of patient welfare.
“We are calling on Mary Macleod to change her position and vote against a bill which could greatly damage the health service in our area. If she doesn’t, we will make sure voters across Brentford and Isleworth are made aware of her decision to support such a dangerous piece of legislation”