British government plans health service reform

National Health Service

Johnson wants more control over the chronically underfunded public health system.


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London The UK government is reportedly planning a major reform of the NHS public health service. This is to give the ministers more powers and control, as reported by the Times and the BBC, citing an internal document.

Among other things, politicians should be able to prevent the closure of hospitals or implement health policy measures – such as adding fluoride to tap water to protect teeth or marking food with health certificates.

The government of Prime Minister Boris Johnson wants to reverse parts of a health reform by ex-Prime Minister David Cameron from 2012, which had brought more competition with the private health sector.

According to the reports, Johnson also wants more control over the chronically underfunded state health system because he had made big – and sometimes untenable – promises for this in connection with Brexit.

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