Summary:Presented by Shahnaz Pakravan, this programme examines the changes in Newcastle's health service which typify what is happening around the country as a whole. Here, a new plan for community healthcare in the future includes the closure and transformation of Newcastle General Hospital, despite massive local resistance. Its architects believe large hospitals are the cathedrals of the 20th century and our nostalgia for them is misplaced. Sir BERNARD TOMLINSON, whose report was seen by many as the cause of the London hospital closures, talks about his time there as a former consultant. (Also a look at the arguments for and against GP fund-holding from a practice manager and a local GP.)
Description:Second series that investigates the Health Service,as experienced by patient and practioner.