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Clegg calls for ‘people’s health service’

22nd January 2008

Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg has called for the NHS to be transformed into a People’s Health Service, with a reinvention for the 21st century, advocating reform from the people up, not down from Whitehall.

Writing in the Daily Telegraph, Mr Clegg described the approach to the health service from Labour as being at the end of the line.

He said that all individuals should have the right to private treatment paid for by the NHS if the allotted waiting time is exceeded, as occurs in Denmark, stating that this system would ensure individual care and not undermine the public system.

“The NHS ought to be the envy of the world. To make that a reality, let us take a liberal approach and put people in charge, ” he said.

“We can reinvigorate the NHS, tackle health inequalities and deliver a service we are proud to hand to the next generation.”

Mr Clegg called for a replacement of top-down targets with personal entitlements to the highest quality of care, with the establishment of a patient contract assuring individuals of the availability of core treatments in all fields.

Earlier this month, Mr Clegg called for radical innovation in public services at a grassroots level, with patients having more control over their care and devolved budgets where possible to those with chronic and long-term conditions.

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