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Tuesday 23rd January 2018

GPs and bugs targeted in review

4th October 2007

Two key areas identified as forming the themes for the interim review of the NHS in England are tackling hospital infections and helping people gain easier access to GPs.


Health minister Sir Ara Darzi, who is also a practising surgeon, has also pinpointed innovation as having a major role to play in improving NHS care with a £100m fund to be set up for the next five years to support technological advancements. The fund will be overseen by a new Health Innovation Council in a joint partnership with the Wellcome Trust.

However, the main focus will be on GP access and hospital infections which could become major issues if a general election is announced with the main parties seeking votes through policies in these areas.

Polyclinics - super-health centres combining community services such as GPs and social care with treatments generally associated with hospitals - is also an area that Sir Ara is enthusiastic about.

The Darzi review’s final report is scheduled for next summer to coincide with the 60th anniversary of the NHS, however, there is criticism over the speed at which the findings are being published.

The British Medical Association, while hoping it will set out a clear vision for the NHS, is concerned that it was more “about getting good news about before an election.?

Shadow Health Secretary Andrew Lansley said bringing the findings out so soon was another example of the government using the NHS as a “political football? and that the report must have been “cobbled together without consideration for clinical evidence.?


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