Alan Milburn is a Labour MP and a former secretary of state for health.
Financial relief for a hard-pressed NHS
Antimicrobial resistance – we need solutions now
Milburn, Bennett and more review the sector
Last week the government announced a £500m Budget increase aimed at cutting NHS waiting lists to below 1.16 million by April 1999. Both prime minister Tony Blair and health secretary Frank Dobson have made clear this is the NHS's highest priority for the coming year.