NHS Direct will cover England by end of 2000BMJ 1999; 318 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.318.7191.1097b (Published 24 April 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:1097
- Linda Beecham
The health secretary, Frank Dobson, has announced that NHS Direct—the nurse led 24 hour telephone helpline—will be available throughout England by the end of 2000. It currently operates from nine existing sites, giving 10 million people access to the service, and there are plans to launch another seven this year.
It is also proposed that the service will move into new activities—for example, health promotion, the establishment of 200 …