"The NHS is a great national institution. The principles it was founded on are as important now as they were then: free at the point of use and available to everyone based on need, not ability to pay.
But we believe that it can be so much better – for both patients and professionals. That’s why we’ve set out a bold vision for the future of the NHS - rooted in the coalition’s core beliefs of freedom, fairness and responsibility.
We will make the NHS more accountable to patients. We will free staff from excessive bureaucracy and top-down control. We will increase real terms spending on the health service in every year of this Parliament.
Our ambition is to once again make the NHS the envy of the world. Liberating the NHS - a blend of Conservative and Liberal Democrat ideas - sets out our plans to do this."