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“2020health is an important and thoughtful contributor to the health debate”

Dr Sarah Wollaston MP, Chairman, Health Select Committee


Conservative Home Politicians must start being honest about the NHS and social care. Neither are fit for purpose.

The question for the NHS in 2013 is whether our leaders will continue their collective denial that the NHS and Local Authorities cannot cope with current demand? The 1948 NHS emerged into a very different country to that of 2013. TB, diphtheria, scarlet fever, pneumonia and syphilis were the big challenges. No one bothered the doctor unless they really had to. There were few drugs to offer (salicylates for rheumatic fever, digoxin for heart disease, sulphonamides and penicillin) and giving bed rest was a major function of hospitals. There were more beds for the mentally ill than all other general hospital beds put together, and a fundamental part of the NHS Act gave the government executive control of all hospitals to allow effective planning.