Since 1948 the NHS has provided publicly-funded healthcare based on equality. But with continuing funding cuts and privatisation threatening the service we ask a group of experts how it can have a secure long-term future that best serves the public
The NHS was founded on the principles that healthcare meets the needs of everyone, is free at the point of delivery and is based on need, not ability to pay. Sixty-six years on and it’s been rated the best healthcare system in a survey of eleven of the world’s wealthiest nations.
The Commonwealth Fund report, released in June, put the NHS top for providing effective, safe and patient-centred care and for its efficient use of resources. Patients were also least likely to report cost-related access concerns.
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