Time to Boycott the Independent?

Dishonest front cover from the Independent

The dishonesty of tomorrow’s main headline is appalling.

The Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) wrote to the Prime Minister two weeks ago (pdf of letter).

After the Department of Health tried to spin this as a climb down, the chair clarified the position of the RCGP:

Let me be clear – the position of the College remains consistent, and we still call for the withdrawal of the Health and Social Care Bill. The fact remains that, whatever happens, it will be the 34,000 GPs who live and work in England who will be expected to make things work to the benefit of our patients. It is right and logical that the College invites the Government to work with us to ensure that the NHS is fit for purpose, stable and safe for the patients who use it, now and in the future.

For a newspaper to be spinning this, a fortnight later, as Doctors giving up the fight, is propaganda pure and simple.

After an editorial defending the government’s refusal to release the NHS risk register this is not a great surprise. After all, this is hardly the first time that the Independent has shown an eagerness to smear opponents of the Health and Social Care bill.

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