An NHS Commission is being called for to investigate the ‘existential crisis’ facing health and social care services. Supporters of keeping the NHS as a universal service that is publicly funded and provided, and free at the point of need, have expressed concerns that this Commission will be far from even-handed and could contribute to a dismantling of the NHS. They say it is likely to endorse the idea of introducing charges and co-payments for care, something that the government is reluctant to propose directly itself.
“We made three mistakes that I regret, the first being restructuring the NHS. The rest are minor.”— unnamed Senior Conservative Cabinet Minister