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BMA offers guarded welcome to Spending Review plans

22nd October 2010

The British Medical Association (BMA) has responded positively to health service reform plans outlined in the government's Spending Review, while expressing concern over a number of issues.

Dr Hamish Meldrum, chairman of the BMA council, said the measures outlined by chancellor George Osborne are consistent with pledges to protect health spending, but warned that difficulties may nevertheless lie ahead.

It was revealed on October 20th 2010 that NHS capital spending will fall by 17 percent by 2015, though in real terms expenditure will be increased by 0.4 percent.

Dr Meldrum welcomed this promised increase, as well as measures to improve investment in NHS research, but warned that cost-saving initiatives and cuts to welfare will have an impact on healthcare.

He also questioned the chancellor's emphasis on improving productivity, citing the hard work that is already being done by healthcare professionals.

"If the government is truly committed to reducing waste and inefficiency, their proposals for NHS reform should focus less on competition and more on a cooperative approach on delivering healthcare," added Dr Meldrum.ADNFCR-8000103-ID-800137160-ADNFCR

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