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Can we maintain the NHS much as we know it or do we need to envisage really big changes?
The NHS in England needs to take urgent decisions about reorganising hospital and GP care to avoid a growing funding gap, according to it...
In the next part of the programme we’ll hear three suggestions for what are regarded in some quarters as radical changes: patients paying for some services, an increased role for the private sector and the closure of local services to create centres of excellence. A panel of experts will then examine the cases being made.
Dr Clare Gerada, chair of the Royal College of GPs.
Anita Charlesworth, chief economist at the Nuffield Trust.
Chris Hopson, chief executive of the Foundation Trust Network
Stephen Dorrell MP, chair of the Health Select Committee and former health secretary.
In the telephone
poll for this programme, we asked 1000 people across the UK if they would be happy to pay for a visit to the
GP - around three quarters said no. Around half said patients
should pay for some of the non-emergency care currently available on the NHS.
Our opinion poll tested feeling on the private sector’s role in the NHS, asking 1000 people across the UK whether competition from private companies to provide NHS services will improve care. About a third agreed, while half disagreed.
A look at eye-catching policy ideas that are often talked about but never seem to feature in UK general election campaigns. The backgroun...
One proposal for changing the way that the NHS is structured is to adopt the ‘fewer bigger better’ model. This has already happened to stroke centres in London. There are now eight super centres in the capital; there used to be 30. It’s estimated that that reorganisation will save 400 lives a year.
A campaigner fighting to save children's heart surgery at Leicester's Glenfield Hospital has been invited for talks with NHS bosses in Lo...
How much can the costs of new drugs and research into medical advances be pared back if savings in the NHS budget need to be made? Andrew Dillon is chief executive of NICE which provides guidance on medicines and technology that aims to ensure quality and value for money, primarily for England, but also to different degrees for all UK NHS services.
Social care in England is facing a bleak future despite planned changes as services have been forced into budget cuts, council chiefs say...
Mukti Jain Campion investigates a pioneering Indian model of cut-price healthcare.
Jenny Hill reports from Salford Royal, a hospital which once received zero stars in the Healthcare Commission's rating system and is now ...
John Appleby: competition in the NHS: good or bad (or something else)?
A selection of Radio 4 programmes on the state of the health service.