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RCOG statement on the result of the EGM

News 9 March 2012

80 Fellows and Members attended the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists’ (RCOG) EGM this afternoon (9 March 2012).

Attendees discussed the Health and Social Care Bill and its impact on women’s health services and whether the College should continue to critically engage with Government or to ask for its withdrawal.

Motions discussed and voted:

“The College should now call publicly for the withdrawal of the Health and Social Care Bill.”

  • Yes – 50
  • No – 15
  • Abstain – 0

“The College should continue critical engagement with Government regarding the Health and Social Care Bill.”

  • Yes – 25
  • No – 24
  • Abstain – 12

RCOG President Tony Falconer said,

“The results of the votes will be discussed at the next meeting of Council on 31 March. College regulations state that matters raised at the EGM can only act in an advisory capacity to Council.”

“We have noted all the views expressed during this afternoon’s EGM and from the email correspondence we have received from members around the country to date. The strength of feeling from our members show how all of us who work in women’s health want the best care for our patients.

“Our goal has always been to represent the needs of women and the profession throughout the passage of the Bill in Parliament. We have, from the start, engaged with our members and sought advice on our position on the Bill. We take our members’ views very seriously and work hard to ensure that their voices are reflected in our policies. Discussions today will help inform Council.”