08 March 2012
At an Extraordinary General Meeting, 176 attendees debated and voted on a five-part motion calling for the Royal College of Surgeons to call for withdrawal of the Health and Social Care Bill. The motion was defeated by 99 against to 76 in favour.
At the meeting, there was a constructive debate on the Bill with Members’ expressing a range of views on the legislation and expressing serious concerns about its consequences for the NHS and patient care.
Council outlined the amendments they have achieved through their policy of critical engagement with ministers of all parties and put forward the view that critical engagement was the way to influence delivery of surgical services now and in the future.
Professor Norman Williams, President of the Royal College of Surgeons, said:
‘It was encouraging to see so many members and fellows come out to debate the Bill. This is clear reflection of how important the future of the NHS and high-quality patient care is to surgeons. There was clear support for the action that the College has taken so far, critically engaging with the Bill.'
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That this meeting applauds the efforts made by the RCS (England) in critically engaging with the debate on the Health and Social Care Bill and helping secure amendments – however because serious concerns remain, it now:
(a) Considers that the Health and Social Care Bill, if passed, will damage the NHS and widen healthcare inequalities, with detrimental effects on education, training and patient care in England. (Total votes cast 175)
Abstain - 4
(b) Cannot support the Health and Social Care Bill without seeing the NHS reform Risk Register (Total votes cast 176)
For - 93
Against - 70
Abstain - 13
(C) Calls upon the RCS (England) to publically call for withdrawal of the Health and Social Care Bill (Total votes cast 176)
For - 76
Against - 99
(d) Calls upon the RCS (England) to seek alliance with the BMA, RCN, RCM and other willing Royal Colleges and NHS stakeholders organisations to collectively call for the withdrawal of the Health and Social Care Bill. (Total votes cast 176)
For - 71
Against - 101
Abstain - 4
(e) Calls upon the RCS (England) to hold a joint press conference with the BMA and other willing Royal Colleges and NHS stakeholder organisations, to make a joint public statement calling for the Bill to be withdrawn. (Total votes cast 176)
For - 70
Against - 104