Prime minister promises a more personal NHS

BMJ 2007; 335 doi: (Published 27 September 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:631
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. London

    Prime Minister Gordon Brown pledged to make the NHS more personal this week, promising quicker test results and better access to GPs, “because we know that being unwell is not just a nine to five problem.”

    In his first speech to the Labour party conference as prime minister, Mr Brown promised an expansion of the screening services for breast and bowel cancer, quicker access to cancer treatment for more people, and £15bn (€21bn; $30bn) for research over the next 10 years. His long term plans include a regular health check for every adult in Britain.

    “Our great achievement of the 1940s was a service universal to all. In 2007 we need a service that is accessible to all and personal to all,” said Mr Brown in an impassioned speech, during which he expressed his gratitude to the NHS for saving the sight in one of his eyes.

    He added, “I want an NHS [that is] personal to you because you are seen by a consultant in a matter of days, not months; personal to you because there is …

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