A new ICM poll for Doctors for Reform has shown that the majority of the population is willing to make "top-up" payments towards their NHS care. The Department of Health's opposition to such payments is out of touch.
The forthcoming 60th birthday of the NHS presents an opportunity to review the Service's readiness for coming years. The Department of Health's current NHS review, led by Lord Darzi, gives a particular focus.
The report shows that the traditional NHS monopoly reasserted itself in 2006 against the first tentative signs of change. It finds that key reform programmes have been delayed or show disappointing progress.
The report finds that the billions of pounds being spent on NHS hospitals and other medical units will not provide the service needed to improve standards of care, reduce waiting times and increase productivity.