Fewer than one in three health managers and clinicians believe the NHS is safe in Gordon Brown's hands, according to an HSJ survey.

Among the 1,964 respondents, just 32 per cent believe the NHS will be safe under Mr Brown's premiership, compared with 35 per cent who say it will not and 33 per cent who do not know.

A total of 38 per cent expect the NHS to be in a worse state by the next election, compared with 25 per cent who anticipate an improvement. The most common concerns are more privatisation, imposition of another round of reforms before the present wave has bedded in and more targets.

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