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The Chief Executive of the NHS, Sir David Nicholson, has laid down a stark warning about the role of politicians concerning the reform of the NHS. He was speaking about the prospect of having to make £20 billion worth of changes to the National Health Service. He said that all politicians from all parties needed to support the changes and provide a clear message to the public about what the changes might mean for them.
“Some parts of the NHS will not do everything in the future,” Sir Nicholson said. He …

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Today the NHS celebrated its 63rd birthday. The NHS opened it’s doors to the British public on July 5th 1948 on the premise that good healthcare would be made available for all, regardless of wealth and class.
The service was launched by Health secretary Aneurin Bevan at Park hospital in Manchester. It was the first time that multiple health services including, doctors, nurses, pharmacists and dentists were combined under one roof and fee at the point of delivery, as it is today.
However, those opposed to the recent attempts at NHS reform …

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The chief executive of the NHS in the South West, Sir Ian Carruthers, has asked NHS staff for their input and ideas on how the National Health Service can be improved. He wrote an open letter to everyone working in the NHS – not just those in the South West region – in the hope that it would invite good ideas and suggestions to be submitted.
Sir Ian Carruthers is conducting a review on NHS practices for the coalition government. The period for responses to be received lasts until the 31st …

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The Health and Social Care Bill 2011 proposes far reaching reforms of the National Health Service in the UK. These reforms include the creation of an independent NHS Board, improved patient choice and significant reductions in the costs of administration. The reduction in costs involves cutting the number of different health bodies responsible for health care provision including Primary Care Trusts and Strategic Health Authorities.
To pass into law a bill has to clear 5 distinct stages in both the Commons and the Lords before receiving Royal Assent. These stages are;

First …