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A changing NHS

Thursday, January 29, 2009

It is 60 years since the radical proposal for a National Health Service came to fruition and it has served the health of the country ever since. It is valued by the British people for the care and support it provides at a time when they need medical attention. During the 60 years of its existence it has adapted to meet the changing expectations of the public, and the latest change concerns its function and what patients can expect.


The government has launched a Constitution for the NHS. It sets out rights to which patients, public and staff are entitled to expect, and pledges which the NHS is committed to achieve. It includes responsibilities which the public, patients and staff owe to one another.  


Following the launch Meg visited Gleadless Valley Medical Centre to discuss local health issues as well as opinion about the new Constitution. Meg met Practice Manager Stella Crookes, Practice Partner Dr Michael Gordon as well as councillors and reception staff.


Meg said:


‘The Constitution is a clear statement of what the NHS is about today. It isn’t just about treating medical problems but helping tackle the causes of problems as well such as the successful stop smoking initiative.


In the last ten years doctors and nurses have had their vital roles recognised with increased pay and better conditions, coupled with increased investment in health centres. From talking to the staff at the medical centre I can see that the values of the NHS haven’t changed. The delivery of the best care possible remains an entrenched commitment.’


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Meg with staff at Gleadless Medical Centre.

Meg with staff at Gleadless Medical Centre.

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