Health and Social Care Bill e-Survey Results

The College conducted an e-survey using the 13,800 e-mail addresses that it holds for its 15,700 Fellows, Members and Trainees. The survey ran for a week and 2,452 responses (18%) were received, including abstentions. The College is grateful to all those who responded. The majority (68%) opposed the Health Bill however during the survey the Bill was passed. The survey also asked responders to inform the College of their level of concern for six areas, the results are shown below.

  Little concern Some concern Major concern Don't know Response Count
Access to acute and emergency care 12.5% (299) 34.0% (810) 48.6% (1,157) 4.9% (117) 2,383
Commissioning for acute services 6.3% (151) 18.8% (448) 71.0% (1,693) 3.9% (92) 2,384
Fragmentation of hospital services 4.9% (116) 13.1% (313) 79.7% (1,904) 2.4% (57) 2,390
Impact on education and training 5.7% (135) 22.9% (548) 67.5% (1,612) 3.9% (94) 2,389
Patient safety and standards of care 6.8% (163) 23.5% (564) 67.4% (1,614) 2.3% (54) 2,395
Diminution in the professional status of our specialty 14.3% (343) 24.1% (577) 56.9% (1,361) 4.6% (111) 2,392

As the Bill has now passed into law, the College will continue to engage with the Department of Health in England to ensure that concerns over those areas of the legislation which are of major concern to Fellows, Members and Trainees are addressed.

23 March 2012

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