Working together for a stronger NHS

We want to improve our plans for modernisation of the health service by listening to the views of patients, professionals and the public.

We will continue to support the many staff who are already making change happen on the ground. But there are a number of aspects of the modernisation programme where we need the support and advice of patients and the public in designing the details of our proposals and planning how and when to implement them. By posting your comments and questions here, you will directly contribute to that process.

Listening exercise: how to get involved

The NHS listening exercise finished on 31 May. You can read the comments that people made on the four main themes at the following links: choice and competition accountability and patient involvement education and training advice and leadership This page… Read more →Listening exercise: how to get involved

Health Secretary to hear from nurses and voluntary sector in first listening events

Health Secretary Andrew Lansley is this week starting a listening tour of England to hear people’s views on the Government’s plans to modernise the NHS. In the first of a series of listening events, he will hear the views of… Read more →Health Secretary to hear from nurses and voluntary sector in first listening events

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Government launches NHS listening exercise

Prime Minister David Cameron, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, and Health Secretary Andrew Lansley today launched the Government’s listening exercise on NHS modernisation. Setting out the Government’s desire to modernise the NHS with the support of patients, the public and… Read more →Government launches NHS listening exercise

NHS Future Forum to provide channel for patient and staff opinion

Andrew Lansley has announced that a new group of patient representatives, doctors and nurses will be brought together to listen and report back to Government. Chaired by Birmingham GP and former Royal College of General Practioners Chairman Steve Field, the… Read more →NHS Future Forum to provide channel for patient and staff opinion

Working together for a stronger NHS: Leaflet

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This document describes why the way we provide health and care needs to change and the plan to modernise the NHS, and invites readers to get involved in the process. Read and comment on extracts: The cost of treatment is… Read more →Working together for a stronger NHS: Leaflet

Working together for a stronger NHS: How to get involved

There will be events running in every part of the country over the next two months. This will give people a chance to get involved – from specific events for NHS staff, to others involved with the NHS, and those… Read more →Working together for a stronger NHS: How to get involved

The cost of treatment is rising

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Medical science is developing at an extraordinary rate. Genetics, nanotechnology and robotics are being integrated into the work of the NHS – and these discoveries are saving lives. Of course timely interventions with effective new drugs and treatments can deliver… Read more →The cost of treatment is rising

Our population is changing

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Today people are routinely living longer lives than their parents and grandparents. For the first time ever there are more pensioners in this country than there are children under16. Clearly this is something to be welcomed; it gives us longer… Read more →Our population is changing

Aiming to be the best in the world

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We enjoy healthcare in Britain that is the envy of billions around the world. But if our NHS was performing at truly world-class levels, we could save literally hundreds more lives every week. Every year we could save an extra… Read more →Aiming to be the best in the world

Giving professionals more freedom

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For years doctors and nurses have been burdened by bureaucracy and crushed under the weight of top-down targets. This has been bad for morale and terrible for patient care, as professionals’ time has (by their own admission) been skewed too… Read more →Giving professionals more freedom