The UK’s National Health Service is creaking under the load of an ageing population, increasing obesity, mental illness and Type 2 diabetes, loss of community identity and increasing costs. We need to adjust our priorities.

The head of NHS England, Simon Stevens, has identified two ways of making health care more effective and fit for the current economic climate: first, hospitals and primary care working more closely together; and second, primary care collaborating with community and patient groups to promote health and wellbeing.

It is in this second area that I have ...


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