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'Courageous action' needed to save U.K. health care system

'NHS facing challenges greater than any it has had to deal with in its lifetime'

(London Telegraph) The NHS will not last another decade unless officials take “courageous action” to transform the service, a report has warned.

In the study, to mark the 65th anniversary of the health service, senior managers call for a “radical shift” in the way care is delivered to ensure it can cope with unprecedented demand and financial pressures.

In a forward to the report, Mike Farrar, head of the NHS Confederation, which represents health service managers, said: “Sixty-five years from its foundation, the NHS remains a great source of national pride. But the service today is under significant financial and demand pressures that, as this report explores, only look set to increase.

“The result is a decade ahead that will see the NHS facing challenges greater than any it has had to deal with in its lifetime – challenges that demand a radical shift in the way we think about health and how we deliver care.”

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