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Critical year for the NHS

12th January 2008

Health Service Journal Editor Richard Vize asks if Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s reforms can meet the challenges presented by the NHS.


Gordon Brown’s keynote speech on health was critical in the history of the NHS as it heads towards its 60th anniversary.

The content is destined to have a “profound impact on the service’s long-term future.?

However, the question is whether Labour’s reforms will be up to the task of meeting the key looming challenges of the modern health service: ageing, lifestyle diseases and accelerating population growth.

The Prime Minister’s speech covered many areas and outlined his plans for reform and approach on areas such as prevention, early diagnosis, the role of the patient and tackling service failure. It also looked a personal health budgets and how best to diversify primary care provision.

But the backdrop is public health budgets being among the first to be affected in the budget crisis.

Local managers need to push resources towards primary services. A failure to grasp this would cause “long term and even irreversible damage to the NHS.?

The 60th anniversary year for the NHS is a critical one, yet whether it is the year that reforms produce a service fit for the future has yet to be seen.


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Article Information

Title: Critical year for the NHS
Author: Mark Nicholls
Article Id: 5312
Date Added: 12th Jan 2008


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