Modernisation or reform? The NHS approach

Heller, R. F., Jamrozik, K. and Weller, D. P. (2004) Modernisation or reform? The NHS approach. Medical Journal of Australia, 180 9: 441-442.

Author Heller, R. F.
Jamrozik, K.
Weller, D. P.
Title Modernisation or reform? The NHS approach
Journal name Medical Journal of Australia   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0025-729X
Publication date 2004-05-03
Sub-type Editorial
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 180
Issue 9
Start page 441
End page 442
Total pages 2
Place of publication Sydney
Publisher Australasian Medical Publishing Co.
Language eng
Subject 1117 Public Health and Health Services
Abstract As Australia reflects on healthcare directions after a quarter of a century of Medicare, what has the UK done to update its rather older National Health Service (NHS)? In 2000, the “NHS Plan” ( set out an ambitious attempt at modernisation — “to give the people of Britain a health service fit for the 21st century”. It promised record investment and a number of defined dividends for that investment, such as extra hospital beds and more nurses and doctors. Modernisation became the catchword. A Modernisation Board was convened to oversee the process, a Modernisation Agency created to spread good practice, and a number of other organisations established. These include the National Institute for Clinical Excellence, which reviews drugs, new technology and procedures and then issues guidelines; and the Commission for Health Improvement (already re-engineered once), an independent inspection body that publishes reports, including performance ratings.
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