Spekaing to ITV News, NHS England's new boss Simon Stevens has admitted that standards have not been good enough within the organisation.
The new NHS boss may want to make cuts to tackle a £30 billion shortfall, but could face a fight with a General Election approaching.
A vaccine against meningitis B will be introduced on the NHS for babies from two months of age if costs can be agreed with the manufacturer.
The NHS is sustainable but in need of reform, which should "start with the care of older people", Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham told Daybreak.
Hospital beds were filling up with elderly people because "services aren't good enough at home in the community" the Labour MP said.
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.
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.
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."
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.
Labour said they would not support the introduction of a £10 monthly fee for NHS patients, as proposed by former Labour health minister Lord Warner in a report by a centre-left think tank.
Jamie Reed, Labour’s Shadow Health Minister, said:
– Jamie Reed MP
This is not something Labour would ever consider. We believe in an NHS free at the point of use, and a Labour government will repeal David Cameron's NHS changes that put private profit before patient care.
The truth is that after wasting £3 billion on a damaging reorganisation and causing a crisis in A&E, it is David Cameron you can’t trust with the NHS.
There is little public support for a think tank's proposal to introduce an NHS membership fee, judging by users' reaction on the ITV News Facebook page.
Many of those commenting on the issue, such as Zoe Jackson, believed their existing contributions should not be increased:
– Zoe Jackson
We pay already - it's called National Insurance. If the NHS is in trouble then our government needs to do more using the money they already suck out of us.
A view expressed by many on the forum was that the NHS should remain free for UK residents, but that others should have to pay.
Margaret Seymour said:
– Margaret Seymour
Why not just charge the health tourists who use the NHS instead of people who were born in the UK? It should always remain a free service for people here.
However, there were pockets of support for the proposal, which was suggested by the centre-left think tank Reform.
Kirsty May backed the plan, saying:
– Kirsty May
Sorry, I agree. Ten pounds is a minimal amount, and the NHS is struggling. I'd be happy to contribute towards keeping the standards of care that we currently receive.
The Government said it disagreed with the idea of using membership fees to help fund the NHS - as proposed by think tank Reform - saying the service would remain "universally free at point of use".
A Department of Health spokesman said:
– Department of Health
The founding principles of the NHS make it universally free at point of use and we are clear that it will continue to be so.
This Government doesn't support the introduction of membership fees or anything like them. But we know that with an ageing population there's more pressure on the NHS, which is why we need changes to services that focus far more on health prevention out of hospitals.
Centre-right think tank Reform has proposed a raft of changes the NHS, including a £10 monthly membership fee for members.
Here are some of the other changes suggested:
- Annual "health MOT" of basic health checks for more people
- Yearly review of NHS member's progress and agreement of individualised goals
- Focus on management of chronic conditions
- More support for carers
- Telehealth products to help people "meet their own care using their own resources"
- Full-cost charging for the administration of vaccinations for overseas travel
- Co-payments by patients for the hotel costs of some inpatient hospital care
- Merger of health and social care to create a National Health and Care Service (NHCS)
A proposed NHS funding revamp championed by a former health minister could raise more than £6 billion a year, its authors said.
Lord Warner said the NHS is its current form was "unaffordable" and hurting other public services:
– Lord Warner
We can no longer pay homage to an out-of-date and unaffordable NHS that's unfit for today's and tomorrow's care needs.
The day of reckoning has arrived with an obesity epidemic on our doorstep. The NHS has to change radically and fast over a single Parliament with flat-lined funding.
It should have no more hand-outs at the expense of other public services.
The report added:
By the end of the next Parliament, providing there was the political will, it is possible to envisage these changes in entitlements yielding over £6 billion a year.
People should be charged a £10 monthly membership fee for using the NHS, according to a new report co-authored by former Labour health minister Lord Warner.
Under the proposals, published by centre-right think tank Reform, every resident would pay a "NHS membership" fee to be collected alongside council tax.
The report also recommended hotel-style charges for hospital stays, although it said that those receiving free prescriptions would be exempt from paying for services.
"It is now irresponsible to pretend to the public that current forms of taxation alone will be sufficient to provide a good quality health and care system," the report said.