The British Medical Association has picked up on health secretary Patricia Hewitt's comment that the NHS has had its 'best year ever' by publishing its own review of the Best of Years, the Worst of Years.

Overall, it says that while there have been some positive developments, '2006 has been full of bleak moments for the NHS' - including job losses, budget constraints and the 'government's fixation with introducing the private sector into the well respected UK system of general practice'.

Next year, says BMA chair James Johnson, 'must be better for the health service and for patients'.

Read the press release here

The British Medical Association has picked up on health secretary Patricia Hewitt's comment that the NHS has had its 'best year ever' by publishing its own review of the Best of Years, the Worst of Years.

Overall, it says that while there have been some positive developments, '2006 has been full of bleak moments for the NHS' - including job losses, budget constraints and the 'government's fixation with introducing the private sector into the well respected UK system of general practice'.

Next year, says BMA chair James Johnson, 'must be better for the health service and for patients'.

Read the press release here