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David Nicholson on media views of the NHS


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David Nicholson on media views of the NHS

The media, and social media, is full of views and comments about the NHS. This is my first attempt to add to them from the distinctive position I have in working for the NHS and with patients for 36 years, in almost all aspects of the service.

The thing that characterises the views and comments for me is the lack of balance.  For example, this time last year, in the wake of the Olympic Opening Ceremony, there was an outpouring of praise for the NHS.  It was almost as if support for it had become close to being a religion.  Read the newspapers over the last few weeks and it appears the NHS has become one of the worst health care systems in the world.  In truth, neither of these two things are true, and this is the dilemma. More ....