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King’s Fund praises work on smoking and cancer but says NHS is still “not world class”

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c2018 (Published 13 April 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c2018
  1. Helen Mooney
  1. 1London

    The NHS is not yet world class and needs to change rapidly to meet its future challenges, says a new report by the healthcare think tank the King’s Fund.

    The review of the NHS in England since 1997 describes the rise in health inequalities between different groups in society as the “most significant failure” in health care.

    It warns that the health service is unprepared for the future and now faces “the worst of times,” with a £21bn (€24bn; $32bn) gap in funding by 2014 as it struggles with tighter budgets and ever increasing demand, including meeting the needs of an ageing population.

    But it also highlights the …

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