British Medical Association slams government’s health policy

The British Medical Association (BMA) Chairman, Mark Porter (File photo)
The British Medical Association (BMA) Chairman, Mark Porter (File photo)

The British Medical Association (BMA) has accused the government of deliberately ignoring concerns about the country’s crisis-hit health service.

The BMA said on Monday that the health service was at breaking point and concerns were being willfully ignored by ministers.

“We have a government trying to keep the health service running on nothing but fumes. A health service at breaking point,” BMA chairman of council, Mark Porter made his comments at the opening of the union’s annual representative meeting in Bournemouth.

He added, “Run by ministers who willfully ignore the pleas of the profession and the impact on patients.”

“It doesn’t have to be this way. It is the result of an explicit political choice,” he emphasized.

The leading doctors blamed the British government for a health system running on fumes in the absence of necessary health spending.

The association warned that the deteriorating access to National Health Service (NHS) care “belittled and bewildered patients.”

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“The government wants a world-class NHS with a third class settlement,” Porter said.

A new BMA poll found that 82 percent of respondents were worried about the future of the NHS.

The poll also found that 43 percent were dissatisfied with public health service.

Jonathan Ashworth, Labour’s shadow health secretary, said, “The vast majority of the public are deeply concerned and yet Theresa May remains in utter denial of her government’s flagrant disregard for our health service.”

He continued, “Enough is enough. Only Labour can be trusted to deliver a world class health service, properly funded and free at the point of use for all.”

Britain’s departure from the European Union is projected to deliver a severe blow to the NHS, the country’s healthcare system, which already suffers from serious staff shortage.

Protesters march with banners and placards against private companies involved in NHS and social care services provision in central London on March 4, 2017. (AFP photo)

Critics have warned that UK Prime Minister Theresa May is making the NHS staffing crisis worse by refusing to guarantee the rights of European citizens.

The NHS is already under pressure because of a long-term failure to hire enough people. The British Red Cross warned in January that the NHS is facing a “humanitarian crisis” as hospitals and ambulance services struggle to keep up with rising demand.

Referring to the situation as “a national scandal”, the UK’s opposition Labor Party leader, Jeremy Corbyn demanded answers from after the British Red Cross gave the warning.

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