NHS needs plan for all acute, rehabilitative, and long stay care

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.322.7288.735 (Published 24 March 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:735
  1. Peter H Millard (peter.millard@tinyworld.co.uk), emeritus professor of geriatrics
  1. St George's Hospital Medical School, London 12 Cornwall Road, Cheam, Sutton, Surrey SM2 6DR

    EDITOR—Everyone sees the world from where he or she stands. Seeing the NHS through American eyes, Leatherman and Blackman believe that the service has fundamentally “got it right.”1 Yet, fundamentally, the NHS no longer exists, for the 1990 Community Care Act changed the legislation in 1948 that underpinned it.

    The NHS, operational research, and rehabilitation were three healthcare legacies of the second world war.2 The operational plan that underpinned …

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