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10 November 2011

In this week’s New Statesman: The NHS 1948-2011, so what comes next?

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By Alice Gribbin

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In this week’s New Statesman special on the National Health Service, practitioners and health-care specialists describe the ways that Andrew Lansley’s reforms to the NHS in England — focused on reducing expenditure at all costs — will dismantle the public service and affect the quality of patient care.

Phil Whitaker, an NHS GP for more than 20 years, explains how the overhaul will leave doctors demoralised; chief economist at the King’s Fund, John Appleby, uncovers the full extent of the budget cuts and former health minister and surgeon, Lord Darzi, describes how the coalition’s reforms are wholly misplaced.

Elsewhere in the magazine, Labour health spokesman Andy Burnham — now shadowing a role he held in government — lays out his objections to Lansley’s NHS plans and explains what Labour would do differently, meanwhile Clare Gerada, chair of the Royal College of GPs tells Sophie Elmhirst how the reform (“so large you can see it from outer space”) will extend waiting lists and reduce patient choice.

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