This post is very different from the original draft and this is with thanks to Dr No and his recent post The Patient on the Clapham Omnibus
The draft focused on this interview with Andrew Lansley in which, when asked "Do you think you have done a good job of explaining these reforms?" he replied "... ... Yes" and later that he had "... absolutely engaged with people" and had indeed listened to all GPs! My! That is a lot of conversations with GPs - how does he find the time?
How strange it is then that one week later on 13/04/11 he, Dave and Nick were holding a round-table session with voluntary health organisations to help reassure the general public that NHS reforms are "not about privatisation."
How strange it is that the afternoon of the very same day he apologised to nurses for poor communication of his health reforms. How strange it is that he did not have the guts to address the RCN congress, instead meeting a select 60 for a Q&A session to 'listen.'
The rest of the post rambled on about the poor uptake (9%) of docs to the BMA commissioned Ipsos MORI poll, that it appears that GPs are to be frozen out of the NHS board and that there is no unity, no single voice representing 'health professionals' and because of this, I fear our fight is doomed.
However, my thoughts were diverted to Dr No's post and his last sentence: "Perhaps it is time we medical bloggers found a way to sing to a wider audience."
This is my proposition: We email our concerns to http://www.info.doh.gov.uk/contactus.nsf/memo?openform We email all our friends and colleagues and ask them to do the same and request (they) email their friends and colleagues and so on into infinity.
Below is an example of what your original email might be - but you can word it as you like:
Saving our NHS
As you must be aware, the very existence of our NHS is under threat, yet there does not appear to be a groundswell of resistance from the general public, that being US!
We take the NHS for granted as it is there when we need it - but what if it was no longer there? Admittedly it may have a few warts, even several that are in need of treatment - but is an effective treatment to destroy the host?
Unless we unite we will lose our NHS, it morphing into some strange unfriendly beast that offers no asylum to those with complex and expensive medical conditions.
Please help save our NHS and email Andrew Lansley at http://www.info.doh.gov.uk/contactus.nsf/memo?openform and let him know your opinions. Please forward this to all your friends and colleagues and ask them to do the same.
The only way to be heard is to speak out! Please help save our NHS!
You could also start a petition limited to your street and send it to:
The Rt Hon Andrew Lansley,
Secretary of State for Public Health,
Department of Health,
C'mon folks - lets do it! Let's save our NHS!
ADDENDUM. Having received an automated reply from Andrew's constituency offfce - the above directions have been changed.