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Less than a third of Britons think NHS is well run

Only 28% of the public think the NHS is well managed as an organisation, according to a new ITV News Index poll carried out by ComRes.

A nurse on a ward at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Only 12% of people think that NHS services in their area have got better in the last three months, while 30% think they have worsened - though this is the lowest proportion saying this for two years.

ComRes surveyed 2008 people between March 28 and 30.

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'Traditional partitions of NHS services make no sense'

The new NHS England boss is expected to say that pressure on the health service is "intensifying" and that the way services are delivered to the public "no longer makes much sense".

In a speech, to be delivered to health workers in Newcastle, he is expected to say: "Our traditional partitioning of health services - GPs, hospital outpatients, A&E departments, community nurses, emergency mental health care, out of hours units, ambulance services - no longer makes much sense."

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New NHS England chief takes over

File photo from 2009 of Simon Stevens. Credit: AP Photo

The traditional way some NHS services are delivered "no longer makes much sense", the new NHS boss will say.

Simon Stevens, a former private health firm executive, will start his new job as chief executive of NHS England today.

In a speech, which will be delivered to health workers in Newcastle, Mr Stevens will say that pressure on the health service is "intensifying" and that the traditional "partitioning" of services is no longer fit for purpose.

Cancer report shows 'changing nature' of challenges

NHS England said a report that 500,000 cancer survivors are living with debilitating consequences of the disease draws attention to the "changing nature" of the challenges the NHS has to meet.

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NHS England said the report by Macmillan Cancer Support shows the 'changing nature' of the challenges. Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

A spokesman said, "This is why we have launched a 'call to action' as we need to engage the public and professions in a dialogue about how we create an NHS that meets people's need in a personal way and is fit for the future rather than based on a 20th Century model."

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