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Fifth anniversary changes for NHS reforms

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: (Published 09 March 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:600
  1. John Warden

    One of the architects of the NHS reforms said that the changes would need five years to take root. The five years are now almost up, and there is little dispute that the reforms are indeed rooted too deeply for there to be any inclination to dig them up and start again. A future Labour government plainly would not do so, though that does not imply any narrowing of the political divide that the reforms have provoked from the start. This was confirmed as recently as last week when the House of Lords debated the state of the NHS. Junior health minister Lady Cumberlege said that it was the best health service in the world. But according to Labour's new medical peer, Lord …

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