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Darzi review: NHS must pioneer public health drives if it is to survive

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 01 July 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a643
  1. Andrew Cole
  1. 1London

    The Darzi review sets out a range of public health initiatives that, it says, the NHS must embrace if it is to survive in the 21st century.

    “If the NHS remains a primarily reactive service, simply admitting people into hospital when they are ill, it will be unable to cope with the increased demands of an ageing population,” says Lord Darzi. “Our longer life spans require the NHS to be forward looking, proactively identifying and mitigating health risks.”

    In response to demands from the local clinical groups for prevention services on an “industrial scale,” primary care trusts, in conjunction with local authorities, will now have an obligation …

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