Published: 04/03/2004, Volume II4, No. 5895 Page 24

The Wanless vision will not be achieved if public health targets are crowded out by hospital waiting lists. This is not a task for the NHS alone but requires concerted action across government. If we are serious about public health we need measures that reflect real health gain and not just hospital admission.

And public health is not just about physical health; it is also about mental health.Yet Wanless has missed a real opportunity to address a problem that costs the economy£77.4bn each year.

Dr Gill Morgan Chief executive NHS Confederation