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Looking forward to the next 70 years: from a National Ill-Health Service to a National Health System

Lookup NU author(s): Emeritus Prof David Hunter


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© Cambridge University Press 2018 Amidst the NHS’s (National Health Service) success lies its major weakness, although one that Klein overlooks in his reflections on the NHS as it approaches 70. The focus on, and investment in, curing ill-health has been at the expense of attending to the public’s overall health and well-being. This preoccupation poses a greater threat to the NHS’s future than privatisation. Despite the weakness having been diagnosed decades ago, redressing the imbalance has proved stubbornly hard to achieve. Rhetoric has not been translated into reality. Yet, we may be on the cusp of a tipping point where in order to ensure a sustainable NHS, and one that is capable of meeting the 21st century challenges facing it, there is a renewed and overdue interest in promoting health and well-being in communities. But for this to succeed, the NHS will need to embrace its bete noire, local government.

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Author(s): Hunter DJ

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Health Economics, Policy and Law

Year: 2019

Volume: 14

Issue: 1

Pages: 11-14

Print publication date: 01/01/2019

Online publication date: 16/03/2018

Acceptance date: 29/01/2018

ISSN (print): 1744-1331

ISSN (electronic): 1744-134X

Publisher: Cambridge University Press


DOI: 10.1017/S1744133118000099


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