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Blair demands reform of the NHS

BMJ 2000; 320 doi: (Published 01 April 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:894
  1. Linda Beecham
  1. BMJ

    The prime minister, Tony Blair, set five challenges for the NHS the day after the chancellor of the exchequer announced an extra £2bn ($3.2bn) for the service in the United Kingdom.

    In the partnership challenge, the prime minister firstly wants all parts of the service to work together to end “bed blocking,” reduce unnecessary hospital admissions, and provide the right number of beds and services for each level of care.

    Secondly, in the performance challenge, by using information, incentives, and inspection, all trusts and primary care groups will have to reach the standard of the best, and systems will need to be in place to identify and root out poor clinical practice. As a first step, £600m of the extra money would be allocated immediately to this task.

    Thirdly, Mr Blair …

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