Nick Clegg on the NHS at 60

A liberal vision for the future
The King's Fund

Event highlights

Liberal Democrat party leader Nick Clegg gave a speech at The King's Fund on 10 June 2008, outlining his vision for the future of the health service.

He called for more devolution of power from Whitehall, including directly elected 'local health boards', for patients with long-term conditions and mental health problems to be given more control over personal budgets, and greater incentives to keep GPs in deprived areas. He also outlined Liberal Democrat plans for 'patient advocates', who would help patients navigate the often complex health system and decide on the best care to suit their individual needs.

He was joined by Liberal Democrat Shadow Health Secretary Norman Lamb. The King’s Fund Chief Executive Niall Dickson chaired a question and answer session after the speech.

Nick Clegg on the NHS at 60

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