Looking back over the last year, aside from the celebration of past achievements and historical landmarks, it has been another period of major change and activity in health and healthcare.
The final report of the review of the NHS, High Quality Care for All, carried out by Parliamentary Under Secretary of State and practising surgeon Lord Darzi, is a major landmark in the development of the NHS. The work undertaken for the report was widely participative, notably involving thousands of front-line clinicians around the country. I was asked by Lord Darzi to lead the national strand of work on quality and safety in healthcare, and I reported to him in March. His final report states that quality will be the ‘organising principle’ of the NHS. This is a highly significant commitment and one that should be welcomed widely by clinicians, patients and the public.” “