The NHS is an institution close to the hearts of most Britons. People even profess to ‘love it’. But it is now of pensionable age and, some would say, no longer fit for purpose.
It isn’t possible to reform the NHS until we accept that it cannot meet every demand made of it. We need to embrace the private sector rather than belittle or restrict it.
This speech does not seek to denigrate or dismantle the NHS, but to identify the issues that need to be addressed head on, whichever party is in power. It will make uncomfortable reading for some.