At the Labour Party's conference in Manchester, Health Secretary Alan Johnson outlined five priority policy areas for the NHS over the next decade. The latest date Labour can hold a general election is 10 June 2010.

As well as re-announcing elements that appeared in PM Gordon Brown's speech (free prescriptions for cancer patients from 2009, and subsequently for all long-term conditions patients, contingent on savings elsewhere; and free universal health check-ups for over-40s), Johnson only made one new policy announcement - a pilot of free school meals for all primary school pupils in at least two local authority areas.

Johnson suggested that the first priority was to resolve “the crucial debate on the future of adult social care ... (which) must produce a radically revised system which promotes independence and control for people, provides greater consistency of care and is affordable to the taxpayer”. He did not, however, outline the Government's position.

His second priority was “to ensure that the patient is placed even closer to the centre of the NHS", and announced that every hospital trust will be asked over the next year to collect immediate feedback from patients on their experience of care.

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At the Labour Party's conference in Manchester, Health Secretary Alan Johnson outlined five priority policy areas for the NHS over the next decade. The latest date Labour can hold a general election is 10 June 2010.

As well as re-announcing elements that appeared in PM Gordon Brown's speech (free prescriptions for cancer patients from 2009, and subsequently for all long-term conditions patients, contingent on savings elsewhere; and free universal health check-ups for over-40s), Johnson only made one new policy announcement - a pilot of free school meals for all primary school pupils in at least two local authority areas.

Johnson suggested that the first priority was to resolve “the crucial debate on the future of adult social care ... (which) must produce a radically revised system which promotes independence and control for people, provides greater consistency of care and is affordable to the taxpayer”. He did not, however, outline the Government's position.

His second priority was “to ensure that the patient is placed even closer to the centre of the NHS", and announced that every hospital trust will be asked over the next year to collect immediate feedback from patients on their experience of ca

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At the Labour Party's conference in Manchester, Health Secretary Alan Johnson outlined five priority policy areas for the NHS over the next decade. The latest date Labour can hold a general election is 10 June 2010.

As well as re-announcing elements that appeared in PM Gordon Brown's speech (free prescriptions for cancer patients from 2009, and subsequently for all long-term conditions patients, contingent on savings elsewhere; and free universal health check-ups for over-40s), Johnson only made one new policy announcement - a pilot of free school meals for all primary school pupils in at least two local authority areas.

Johnson suggested that the first priority was to resolve “the crucial debate on the future of adult social care ... (which) must produce a radically revised system which promotes independence and control for people, provides greater consistency of care and is affordable to the taxpayer”. He did not, however, outline the Government's position.

His second priority was “to ensure that the patient is placed even closer to the centre of the NHS", and announced that every hospital trust will be asked over the next year to collect immediate feedback from patients on their experience of ca

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At the Labour Party's conference in Manchester, Health Secretary Alan Johnson outlined five priority policy areas for the NHS over the next decade. The latest date Labour can hold a general election is 10 June 2010.

As well as re-announcing elements that appeared in PM Gordon Brown's speech (free prescriptions for cancer patients from 2009, and subsequently for all long-term conditions patients, contingent on savings elsewhere; and free universal health check-ups for over-40s), Johnson only made one new policy announcement - a pilot of free school meals for all primary school pupils in at least two local authority areas.

Johnson suggested that the first priority was to resolve “the crucial debate on the future of adult social care ... (which) must produce a radically revised system which promotes independence and control for people, provides greater consistency of care and is affordable to the taxpayer”. He did not, however, outline the Government's position.

His second priority was “to ensure that the patient is placed even closer to the centre of the NHS", and announced that every hospital trust will be asked over the next year to collect immediate feedback from patients on their experience of ca