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The new NHS: Message to the medical profession from the minister of health

BMJ 1998; 317 doi: (Published 04 July 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;317:72

On July 5 we start, together, the new National Health Service. It has not had an altogether trouble-free gestation! There have been understandable anxieties, inevitable in so great and novel an undertaking. Nor will there be overnight any miraculous removal of our more serious shortages of nurses and others and of modern replanned buildings and equipment. But the sooner we start, the sooner we can try together to see to these things and to secure the improvements we all want.

On July 5 there is no reason why the whole of the doctor-patient relationship should not be freed from …

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