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Improving the health of NHS workers

BMJ 1998; 316 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.316.7136.951 (Published 28 March 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:951

Would make a strong contribution to “OurHealthier Nation”

  1. John Harrison, Senior lecturer in occupational medicine
  1. University of Newcastle upon Tyne, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 7RU

    News p 958

    At 50 years of age the NHS might be excused for undergoing a mid-life crisis. For most of its life its existence, albeit turbulent, has been unchallenged. The past few years have brought into focus its role as a public service while its professional ethos has been eroded by the doctrine of business management. The vision of universal health provision that is free for all has been replaced by an increasing awareness of inevitable restrictions in service delivery, while the rapid development of information technology is likely to change radically access to health information and models of health care. This might explain why attention is now being paid to the health of the people who work in the NHS and who make the service what it is.

    The publication by the Nuffield Trust of a report on …

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