A new poll has found that Lord Darzi should be radical if his review is to win back the support of the medical profession for the Government.
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.
Reform's fourth annual health report argues that while the Government's commitment to NHS reform is right, it is in denial about its progress on the ground.
The report shows that 'top-up health payments', extra private payments to supplement care provided by the NHS, are now common across UK healthcare.
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 by Ian Smith shows that the absence of a vision of change and the poor quality of management in the NHS and the Department of Health is leading to waste of resources and delays in reform.
The report examines the challenges that mental health services face.It argues that choice and competition will allow an efficient redeployment of resources.
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.
The report argues that the logical conclusion of the Government's health reform agenda is a significantly smaller and higher quality NHS workforce.
This report reviews the key trends in midwifery and obstetric staffing over the last 30 years and examines how these and national policies have affected the ability of NHS maternity services to respond to choice while at the same time providing a low risk and pleasant environment for mothers, fathers and their babies.