Costing the NHS

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This summer NHS England called for a public debate to find ways of renewing and revitalising the NHS. One of the widely reported claims in its report "A Call to Action" was that continuing with the current model of care in England could lead to a funding gap of around £30bn between 2013/14 and 2020/21.

In this special programme, Julian Worricker looks at the growing demands on the NHS, the willingness of the public to fund a service that meets those demands and the scope for savings without compromising care. Can the UK afford a health service that follows the NHS core principles: one that meets the needs of everyone, is free at the point of delivery and is based on clinical need, not ability to pay?

Presenter: Julian Worricker
Producer: Simon Tillotson

Editor: Andy Smith.
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