NHS “cannot cope,” says ToryBMJ 1999; 318 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.318.7190.1028a (Published 17 April 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:1028
- John Warden, parliamentary correspondent
A greater role for private health care as an alternative to the NHS in the United Kingdom is to form the foundation of future Conservative party policy on health. Mr Alan Duncan, opposition shadow health minister, mapped out the new Tory plan earlier this month in an address to the Social Market Foundation in London.
Mr Duncan's starting point was to accept that “the NHS cannot do everything” and that people should be encouraged to make their own provision for health care as part of a wider private-public partnership to improve universal provision. His speech was intended to initiate wider debate, and it coincided with a call by independent healthcare providers to be brought withinthe same clinical governance regime as …