Despite warnings of a crisis, the quality of care and patient outcomes have improved. But the NHS still needs a pragmatic plan to secure its future

This year is one of anniversaries. It’s 70 years since the NHS was created and 10 years since my last review of the service, which focused on the quality of healthcare. It seems, therefore, like the perfect moment to step back and reflect on where we find ourselves today.

With this in mind, I recently launched another review, commissioned by the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) and with analytical support from management consultancy Carnall Farrar. The review aims to assess the progress we have made and the challenges we face in the future. Telling the story of the last decade in the NHS, our interim findings are both interesting and important.

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