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NHS England in urgent need of 'fundamental changes'

Fundamental changes are urgently needed to improve care in the NHS in England and to prevent a huge shortfall in funding, according to Simon Stevens, the head of NHS England. He has suggested a range of measures, including creating larger GP practices.

Mr Stevens also said people need to start taking more responsibility for their own health - particularly obesity and alcohol abuse must be tackled.

The health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, has said he believes increases in spending will be "possible" but his Labour shadow, Andy Burnham, said the measures showed the service was in "crisis".

Dominic Hughes reports.

  • 23 Oct 2014
  • From the section Health
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