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Gordon Brown writes to NHS staff

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The prime minister has written to all NHS staff as it enters the year marking its 60th anniversary.
Gordon Brown warned of further changes to the service as health minister Sir Ara Darzi’s review of the NHS comes to fruition in late spring.

Mr Brown said: ‘[We] will be setting out how the NHS needs to continue to reform to meet the new challenges of 21st century healthcare and 21st century lives.’

He also made a commitment to creating an NHS Constitution to uphold the values of the organisation for years to come.

‘We will also examine how all these changes can be enshrined in a new constitution of the NHS setting out for the first time the rights and responsibilities associated with an entitlement to NHS care,’ said Mr Brown.

RCN general secretary Peter Carter, said: ‘If a constitution reduces the day-to-day influence of politicians in the NHS, that would be a positive step, but ultimately taxpayers need to be able to hold politicians to account.’
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