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Dear Julia Neuberger

23rd January 2000

One influenza outbreak too small to describe as an epidemic, and the NHS was once again in a midwinter crisis. A service that was the envy of other countries when created 50 years ago cannot meet the demands of the 21st century. Britain has changed out of all recognition since Aneurin Bevan launched his free health service in 1948. Then, life was still a struggle for most people, home ownership was for the few and 40 per cent of houses had no bathroom.

After the war, rationing was accepted to a degree…

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