Focus: London: Hospitals going the way of schools?BMJ 1994; 309 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.309.6960.978a (Published 15 October 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:978
- J Smith
The secretary for state for health will no doubt give an upbeat message about the health service at the Conservative party conference this week. But it is a message that increasingly is not recognised - either by the people who work in the service or, now, by the public whom it serves.
A MORI poll commissioned by BBC2's Public Eye programme last week (see review on p 677) showed that the public are getting ever more confused by the NHS reforms. Seventy five per cent of those polled thought that the government planned to privatise the NHS, and 51% thought that the NHS would not exist in 10 years' time.
So far the view that the NHS might not be around in any meaningful way has …