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The Royal College of Psychiatrists Improving the lives of people with mental illness

Bill survey: more analysis

Tuesday, 21 February

As you know, we surveyed our membership at the end of January to gauge psychiatrists’ opinions on the Health and Social Care Bill. We swiftly anaylsed the quantitative responses to help us formulate a College statement clarifying our position on the Bill.

It’s taken us a bit longer to analyse the many qualitative responses, but I’m pleased to say this work has now been completed. I'd encourage you to take look at the full findings.

As you’ll see, the qualitative responses reinforce what we already know from the quantitative responses. But they provide a much richer dataset, and show exactly where many of our members’ concerns lie – particularly around privatisation, fragmentation, and the impact of competition.

Last week, many of you will have seen Dame Shirley Williams calling for the government to drop the most contentious part of the Bill  – the chapter on competition. I’d be very interested to hear what you think of her suggestion. As always, you can let me know using the feedback form below.



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