What Is So Good About The NHS?

Our lively, readable guide to the country's best loved institution explores the NHS from its birth in 1948 to the reforms of the Blair and Brown governments.

But not everybody is in love with the NHS. Some disagree with it on principle or think that it can never work. Our guide also responds to some of the arguments put forward by the NHS doubters.

"The NHS is doomed because it can't keep up with the costs of new drugs and treatments."

"The NHS is a big hole into which public funds endlessly pour."

"The private sector is more efficient than the NHS and can help it keep down costs."

"The NHS is too inflexible, will never meet expectations and so we must change to a more European style system."