The core principles underlying the NHS are accessibility, choice and high quality service delivered according to clinical need.
A range of initiatives exist which aim to enhance quality and patient safety within the NHS.
Medical research is essential to develop state of the art treatment.
Resource allocation and ‘rationing’ of NHS services has attracted considerable attention and debate.
Commissioning is the purchasing of healthcare services from providers. New commissioning regulations have created Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) made up mainly of primary care physicians who purchase other services, including secondary care and specialist services.
A complex framework has evolved to regulate poor performance in medical practitioners.