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PM takes NHS listening exercise to Birmingham

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Prime Minister David Cameron and Health Minister Simon Burns have visited Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham to meet patients and take part in an NHS modernisation listening exercise with staff.

The PM, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, and Health Secretary Andrew Lansley launched the Government’s listening exercise on NHS modernisation in April.

Setting out the Government’s desire to modernise the NHS with the support of patients, the public and health professionals, Andrew Lansley said that engagement will focus on:

  • the role of choice and competition for improving quality;
  • how to ensure public accountability and patient involvement in the new system;
  • how new arrangements for education and training can support the modernisation process; and
  • how advice from across a range of healthcare professions can improve patient care.

Speaking at the launch, Mr Cameron said the NHS was a “precious national asset” and for this reason we should be safeguarding the NHS for future generations.

He said the “listening exercise” is a genuine chance to make a difference and make suggestions to the proposed plans.