BGS withdraws support for the Health and Social Care Bill

The British Geriatrics Society calls for the Government to withdraw the Health and Social Care Bill.

Despite the pause in 2011, the Future Forum, and the advice of many health professionals, it has become clear that the proposed legislation is both deeply flawed in detail and deeply troubling in its possible consequences. Our position is informed from the perspective of our members’ knowledge and commitment to the health and community services needed by older people. We are concerned that the Bill does not support the changes necessary to provide integrated, high quality consistent care for our ageing population and has a serious risk of undermining the progress made in recent years.

The BGS remains committed to work in partnership with all health and social care services to ensure our ageing population receives the best care possible. In our view the provisions in this Bill will be a step backwards in attempts to do this. We contributed at all stages of consultation including the outcomes framework and the Future Forum. But the PM’s latest selective summit on February 20th suggests that dissenting voices are no longer welcome. Hence we now call for the Bill to be entirely withdrawn and replaced with urgent discussions to shore up the disruption produced over the last 18 months.

Full statement, February 27th 2012

Professor Finbarr C Martin. President, British Geriatrics Society