Published: 17/11/2005 Volume 115 No. 5982 Page 8

The NHS Alliance took the story of a fictional patient as the theme of its conference last week.

'Ida', a woman in her 70s who suffers from long-term conditions, told her story and reflected between sessions on how the new NHS would improve her life.

Clockwise from main picture: health secretary Patricia Hewitt and conference facilitator Peter Sissons, 'Ida' and Professor David Hunter address the conference.

See stories, opposite page.