Blair trumpets Labour's investment in NHS—and stands by his reforms of the past decade

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: (Published 03 May 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:919
  1. Lynn Eaton
  1. London

    Prime Minister Tony Blair has trumpeted his government's investment in the NHS over the 10 years since he came into power and has hit out at the media for always focusing on the negative.

    “The single most difficult thing is to get a sense of balance,” he told an invited audience of health service managers, doctors, nurses, and NHS leaders at a breakfast meeting on Monday at the health charity the King's Fund in London. His comments came days before he was due to announce the date of his handover to his successor, Gordon Brown, the current chancellor of the Exchequer.

    The prime minister was speaking almost 10 years to the day since he won the election in 1997 and set in train a series of reforms, including the introduction of the private and independent sector as alternative healthcare providers to the NHS and giving patients a choice of provider.

    “We've obviously got a great deal of work to do …

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