Short cuts

Published: 08/01/2004, Volume II4, No. 5886 Page 8

Health secretary John Reid has issued a new year's message to all staff in the NHS and social care to thank them for their hard work and to wish them well in 2004.He promised to continue to visit the service this year and to invite staff to visit him in London.Mr Reid added: 'You will know by now that I am totally committed to the founding values of the NHS: healthcare free at the point of delivery and based on clinical need, not the ability to pay. I believe that this founding value of the NHS truly is the best of British.Our task for the year ahead is to build on the best, to improve on what we have: to add excellence to equity.Best wishes for a happy and prosperous 2004.'

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