This is an excellent article by former Labour Minister, Frank Field. Check it out!
Personally, I believe that it is time for the political classes and the media to come clean about the NHS. The NHS is past its sell-by date and should be scrapped. It needs replacing with a best practice public healthcare system, based on best practice in Germany, France and Italy.
Replacing the NHS will probably be the biggest transformation in history. The challenge will be to keep the bureaucrats from trying to find jobs via the back door. There will likely be jobs and flexible contracts for all hard-working professional staff.