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  • The issues addressed in Section Two of our Report are complex and have challenged every developed country.
  • There are no right answers; just, perhaps, less wrong answers.
  • Cultural and institutional change takes time and can be slow, requiring patience and forbearance.
  • Nothing can be achieved `on the cheap': not only must funding for the NHS continue to grow in a sustained manner, but ways must be found to protect it as far as possible from the ordinary turbulence of economic cycles.
  • There are no quick fixes, but progress is possible and can be achieved. We reject both the `magic wand' and `nothing can be done' schools of policy.
  • Change can only be brought about with the willing and active participation of those involved in healthcare: the public, patients, healthcare professionals, trusts and health authorities, and government.


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