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BMJ. 2007 June 30; 334(7608): 1343.
PMCID: PMC1906615
BMA annual representative meeting, Torquay, 25 June to 29 June

Members say BMA's green paper is too “polite”

The BMA's consultation green paper A Rational Way Forward was attacked at the representatives meeting this week as a “polite critique” rather than something that “hit the government in the face.”

Chaand Nagpaul, from Edgware and Hendon, proposing the resolution, said that the green paper was disturbingly short on specifics. “The NHS is like a house on fire,” he said. “If we don't act it will burn down to oblivion.”

Acting chairman of council Sam Everington defended the document, claiming that it had already had a “massive impact.” He also reminded representatives that this was a green paper that would become a white paper in due course.

Members congratulated the council for its work but backed a motion that the paper did not offer a sufficient critique of current government policy.

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