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NHS "in denial" over reform progress

The government may be committed to NHS reform but it is in denial about its progress on the ground, say independent think tank Reform.

A report suggests that reform is the only way to unlock the value of the NHS budget but the government's programmes remain in their early stages.

The think tank has defined two potential scenarios. One where the NHS deliver substandard quality and access and another where reform delivers immediate access to excellent quality services.

The solution, say the think tank, is an economic constitution that defines duties to create value at all levels of the service.

Such a constitution, they add, should be the central conclusion of the government's current landmark NHS review.

Reform say that if the NHS do come to this conclusion, significant improvement could be delivered in the next 18 months.