Policy paper

Liberating the NHS white paper

This publication was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

Publications concerning the government's strategy for transforming the NHS.


Equity and Excellence: Liberating the NHS sets out the government’s long-term vision for the future of the NHS. The vision builds on the core values and principles of the NHS: a comprehensive service, available to all, free at the point of use, based on need, not ability to pay.

It sets out how we will:

  • put patients at the heart of everything the NHS does
  • focus on continuously improving those things that really matter to patients - the outcome of their healthcare
  • empower and liberate clinicians to innovate, with the freedom to focus on improving healthcare services