The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges has performed an embarrassing U-turn on challenging the government’s Health and Social Care Bill.
It was due to release a statement saying it could not support the reform process on behalf of the 20 colleges it represents, but pulled out when the Royal College of Surgeons refused to support the move.
The academy also held talks with the three major unions – the British Medical Association, Royal College of Nursing and Royal College of Midwives – this week, all of whom are publicly opposing the Bill.
Here’s the statement the AMRC were going to release but didn’t:
“The medical royal colleges and faculties of the academy continue to have significant concerns over a number of aspects of the Health Bill and are disappointed that more progress has not been made in directly addressing the issues we have raised.
“The academy and medical royal colleges are not able to support the Bill as it currently stands.
“Unless the proposals are modified the Academy believes the bill may widen rather than lessen health inequalities and that unnecessary competition will undermine the provision of high quality integrated care to patients.”
Instead, it said that “there had been a useful exchange of information”.