Sunday, August 16, 2009


Health Care Reform in a Changing World

The recent debate in the US about health care has reminded us all that in the Britain of the 21st century, as we enjoy the privileges of the modern age, it's right and proper we recognise and pay tribute to the NHS of which we are so proud.

That's why we are introducing new local council health 'tsars' with new responsibilities. This will allow nominated persons to be able to inspect patients' medical records held on the government's database and, under the direction of government NHS guidelines, advise patients appropriately about their health care needs.

New legislation will ensure that local councilors, librarians, postal workers and community support officers will be delegated with the responsibility of accessing medical records, and visiting people at their home to advise on their medical history to ensure they have vital access to the medicines they need.

But it doesn't end there, these new officers will also be able to access records to help advise on lifestyle choices, local matters and as well as being able to use the information as a crucial tool in the battle against crime and fraud.

This is right and proper in the modern world, and perhaps even some small beacon of inspiration to our allies in making these essential choices about public health care reform.

Gordon Brown

Right Honorable Gordon Brown MP

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