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End of the NHS?

Most of Britain's political class now accepts that the NHS must, in effect, be abolished if the vast sums of money it receives are to be properly used. The issue threatens the marriage of equity and efficiency at the heart of New Labour. But if Labour doesn't act the voters will turn to others who will

By Danny Kruger   November 2002

Why all this misery in an institution so dear to British hearts? Why has that bright emblem of post-war Britain-classless, efficient, humane-become the NHS of waste, waiting lists and grannies on trolleys?

There is nothing so conservative as a failed socialist system. The ideal is so noble-the provision of all healthcare for all people, for free, in state-owned institutions-that to dismantle it requires qualities lacking in politicians thinking of the next election: the intellectual power to convince the public of what is needed, and great practical understanding of how to get the job done safely. It has always proved easier…

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