Notes to editors
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2. Niall Dickson was speaking at the Royal College of Midwives' plenary session on influencing health systems, which was chaired by Ruth Clarke, Chair of the RCM Council.
3. The King's Fund recently published An Independent Audit of the NHS under Labour (1997–2005) on Sunday, 20 March. It found the government has made huge strides in reforming the health service since coming to power in 1997, but warned there are still important problems to be solved and that as yet there is no firm evidence to show the reforms have produced a marked improvement in the nation's health.
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