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As the NHS faces some of the biggest changes in its 65-year history, Inside Out North West looks at the possible impact on mental health services. GP and comedian Dr Phil Hammond finds out what the new NHS changes mean for all patients. And Jacey Normand reports from Birkenhead on war poet Wilfred Owen's startling German connection.

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Mon 21 Jan 2013 19:30
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NHS: What will reforms mean for patients?

NHS: What will reforms mean for patients?

The NHS is about to undergo its biggest overhaul since its creation 65 years ago, but what will the government's changes mean for patients and health services?


There has been intense political debate about the reforms with some critics claiming the changes constitute 'privatisation through the back door'.


But the government says patients will have more choice, and that doctors at a local level will have more control.


Dr Phil Hammond explains what the changes will mean for all of us.


Watch a video feature on the BBC News website.

Basic care and the NHS

Basic care and the NHS

The overhaul of the NHS is just a few months away, but as always the issue that matters most is the quality of care, says BBC Health correspondent Nick Triggle


Of nearly 12,000 serious incidents reported across England, more than 40% related to bed sores.


But what is most telling about this data is that something as avoidable as bed sores is proving such a problem after all this time.


Read the full story on Nick Triggle's correspondent feature.


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