Wanless report sparks debate on funding of health service

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: (Published 08 December 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:1325
  1. Wendy Moore
  1. London

    NHS leaders are seeking to scale down public and political expectations of how fast the health service can turn extra cash into tangible improvements as the debate on funding gets under way.

    Doctors, managers, and policy makers all warned that it may take many years before results emerge from the extra £1bn ($1.4bn) for 2002–3 and continued long term increases for the NHS, announced by Chancellor Gordon Brown last week.

    They were anxious to ensure that the slow pace of change did not undermine commitment to an …

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