Headlines, PublicNet: 27 June, 1997

Health Secretary Frank Dobson unveiled his strategy for health at the annual conference of the NHS Confederation. A key feature of the strategy is moving from competition to co-operation. Mr Dobson said, “We have got to get every part of the NHS working together. We simply can’t afford some of the wasteful crack-pot competition that the internal market provoked at the outset. I know as a result of the bitter experience of competition, the idea of co-operation is making a comeback.”The strategy will be supported by Government action across the board. He said: “We have got to have an NHS fit for the 21st century. That’s because we want the people of this country to be fit enough and well enough to meet the challenges of the coming century. And that can’t be achieved by the NHS alone. We have got to use the whole machinery of Government to tackle the things that make people ill. And we are taking action – action against tobacco, action against alcopops, action to improve food safety. Air pollution chokes us all and most of all it chokes older people and children. The Department of the Environment, Transport, and Regions is taking action to reduce traffic pollution. All these measures, and more, will improve the nation’s health.”

Read more on Dobson unveils health strategy…