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Scientific breakthroughs are vital, but new blueprint will fail unless people get more power and responsibility

The newly-unveiled NHS long-term plan reveals an extraordinary breadth of ambition for improving healthcare over the coming decade. While it includes exciting developments in cutting-edge technology, such as gene therapy and artificial intelligence, the greatest improvements in care and outcomes will come not from scientific breakthroughs but from people: by harnessing the power and talents of patients and NHS staff.

To stand a chance of the plan succeeding, the health service needs to ensure clinicians have the power and responsibility to make change happen and do far more to exploit the largely untapped resource of patients themselves.

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The Guardian

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