NHS Next Stage Review published30th June 2008
Lord Darzi, the government's health minister, has announced his proposals for the next decade of health service care in England.
After a consultation with NHS staff and patients in 10 regions of England, which lasted for nine months, Lord Darzi has published his report, The NHS Next Stage Review.
The government's draft "NHS constitution" is released in tandem with the report and will allow patients to decide where they receive treatment.
Prime Minister Gordon Brown wrote in his introduction to the report that Lord Darzi's plans would have "an even more profound effect" than any changes which had come before it.
"It is a bold vision for an NHS which is among the best healthcare systems in the world - a once-in-a-generation opportunity that we owe it to ourselves and our families to take," he said.
The review concentrates on improving standards of patient care, rather than the volume of patients treated, with financial rewards given to health providers who deliver an excellent service.
Lord Darzi released an interim report in October which included plans for GP polyclinics, which could open from 8am to 8pm every day and be accessible by everyone.
Doctors have said that polyclinics will act to the detriment of patient care and have delivered a petition, with a million signatures, to Downing Street.
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