The NHS is important, providing treatment, relief and care in time of need, but no-one can claim it is responsible for more than 50% at the maximum of increased  life expectancy in the UK.

So it follows that many other things need to be addressed too, to improve health and well-being especially of those with the worst health chances. All the old public health targets as well as a few more – poverty, unemployment, poor nutrition, dangerous work, over-work, bad housing, air pollution, poor education, fear for today and fear for the future,  insecurity,  helplessness, hopelessness. and  lack of access to knowledge about health and lack of access to health promoting experiences like fresh air,  exercise, affordable healthy food.  The politicians all know most of this already, don’t they ? And so does almost everybody else. They know what they want their children to have or to avoid as they grow up.

Its not rocket science, its much more important than that, its restoring human understanding of what makes a good life and aiming towards a society where all can have one, instead of asking what (profitable) tests and medicines everyone should have to be ‘healthy”
An alternative guide to the new NHS in England:

An alternative guide to the new NHS in England from The King's Fund on Vimeo.

NB this was produced in 2013. It doesn’t quite work like this any more.

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Complaints, regulation and enquries,  NHS reorganisation,  Socialist Medical Association and the Foundation of the NHS

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