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Blair's vow.

Prime Minister Tony Blair will signal his determination to press ahead with controversial reforms of the National Health Service today, insisting he will "hold his nerve" in the face of criticism.

Mr Blair will tell an audience of doctors and nurses that the health service has reached a "crunch point" in the 10-year reform programme set out in the Government's NHS Plan of 2000.

While attention had previously been focused on cutting waiting lists, boosting staff numbers and meeting targets on key conditions like cancer and heart disease, the next phase of reform would concentrate on structural change to give power to patients.
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Apr 18, 2006
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