Commentary: Five changes to future proof the NHS

BMJ 2017; 356 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j508 (Published 02 February 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;356:j508
  1. Alan Milburn, former Labour health secretary and chair, PricewaterhouseCoopers health industries oversight board
  1. newhealth{at}uk.pwc.com

England’s care system is at an inflection point. Demands are rising and performance is deteriorating. Siren voices are once again sounding the death knell of a “free at the point of use” NHS. They miss the point. What needs to change is not how it is funded but its level of resources and how it is organised. Change is necessary not only to respond to shifting patterns of demography and disease but to harness the benefits of advances in precision medicine, genomics, and data …

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