The Coalition is determined to deliver better results for patients. To do so we must modernise our NHS and start now.
With ever-rising demands on services, survival rates for conditions such as cancer and stroke lagging behind our European counterparts and with administrative costs having spiralled over the past decade, there is no alternative.
We can't deliver better care without paying hospitals for the quality of the treatment they provide, without giving better information to patients and their families, and without improving accountability to local communities.
Under Labour, productivity in the NHS declined hugely, and the number of managers doubled.