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National Health Service

Most commonly called the NHS. The collective name for the publicly-funded health care systems in the United Kingdom. The governments of Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales operate their NHS systems independently, while the UK government controls the NHS in England. Each NHS system is funded entirely by the government and provides most services free of charge for patients. Critics contend that the NHS is too expensive for taxpayers and that inefficiency has led to long wait times for medical care. However, it has remained popular among many people in the UK.
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Sue Carty, General Manager, Health at Work at Imperial College, said: "With our NHS Plus network partners, we've developed a national model to deliver world class occupational health services that will meet the needs of NHS Direct and their staff both now and in the future.
As part of the Government's Health, Work and Wellbeing Strategy, NHS Plus promotes the benefits of good health at work.
As a member of the NHS Plus network, Health at Work at Imperial College NHS Trust provides evidence based and business focused occupational healthcare to meet the needs of today's businesses' and their workforces.
NHS Plus will play a part in breaking the cycle of deprivation - poor health leading to unemployment and wasted lives as people fail to reach their full potential.
NHS Plus will help the NHS reap the rewards of its own innovation with income generated from providing occupational health services, such as immunisation, pre-employment screening and insurance medicals for businesses, being reinvested back into the NHS at no cost to the taxpayer.
That is why we've asked NHS Trust Chief Executives to guarantee occupational health services for Trust staff before they join the NHS Plus network.
The emergence of NHS Plus will help to make occupational health a more attractive speciality within the NHS as staff will find themselves dealing with a variety of industries and situations.