National Health Service

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NHS

National Health Service. Launched in 1948, the NHS has grown to become the largest publicly funded healthcare system in the world. It is run by the UK Department of Health and politically accountable to central Government. The NHS provides free care to all eligible individuals living in any of the four countries (England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales). The NHS (which includes Health and Social Care in Northern Ireland, NHS [England], NHS Scotland, and NHS Wales) is the fourth largest employer in the world (after the Chinese Army, Wal-Mart and the Indian Railways).

NHS(S)

Abbreviation for:
NHS (Scotland)

National Health Service

British medicine The 50+-yr-old UK government agency that controls the British form of socialized medicine. See Fund holding, Total purchasing.
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Excellent English national health service? Perhaps the Mid-Staffordshire health scandal has slipped his mind.
Advice is given in the context of the provision of mental health services within the English National Health Service, but the book's guidelines will also be useful to those working in all areas of medicine and in different health systems.
As a New Zealand-educated registered nurse specialising in emergency nursing and working in an English National Health Service (NHS) hospital I have experienced the positive and negative impacts of the four-hour target on nurses and on patient care.
Then we have hard-manDr John Reid,as Scottish an MP as they come,now in charge of the English National Health Service.
But the English National Health Service (NHS) remains a universal service free at the point of need; in the opening words of the NHS Constitution, it "belongs to the people." (10) Correspondingly, some of the brief given to Healthwatch, to "strengthen the collective voice of local people," (9) suggests a model of involvement premised more on citizenship than consumerism.

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