The Royal College of Psychiatrists has just published the results of their survey of psychiatrists’ views of the Health and Social Care Bill. The press release contains further information detailing that there were a total of 1890 respondents. There were 9 questions. The first question looks at the changes that are expected from the Bill and includes further statements with YES/NO responses. Interestingly responses indicate that the majority of respondents didn’t think that the Bill would improve integration of Health and Social care, didn’t think that it would reduce transaction costs and bureaucracy but did think that it would lead to more fragmentation of health care. However a near majority did think that it would lead to increased involvement of the charitable sector. In response to another statement, the majority of respondents did not think that the use of ‘Any qualified provider’ would lead to an increase in innovation. 83.7% of respondents thought that the Bill should be withdrawn. Many of the results are clear cut and offer a perspective on the Health and Social Care Bill that will be tested with time. Indeed many of these results are similar to the results of a survey conducted by the Royal Colleg of General Practitioners. Some components of the Health and Social Care Bill move the NHS towards the American model of health care which has been one focus for the debate on the Bill. A number of the responses to the survey can be interpreted in relation to this debate. Meanwhile discussion of the Health and Social Care Bill continues in the House of Lords and extracts from discussion of amendments to the Bill which includes contributions from the former President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists Professor Sheila Hollins can be found here.
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