- This Review is based on the financial year 1996 to 1997. The first part examines the main events of the year in five key policy areas: creating the new NHS ; community care ; public health strategy; serving the consumer; and clinical knowledge. The second part of the work contains commentary on efficiency and finance, equity, and accountability. The analytical articles are on the subjects of public opinion and the NHS, a new constitution for the NHS, interagency collaboration in housing, health and community care, promoting clinical effectiveness and the use of evidence, emergency care, renal replacement therapy and rationing, and the European Union and health. The final article is an overview of the last 30 years of the NHS by the current Chief Executive of the King's Fund.