What does the Long-term plan mean when it calls the NHS an “Anchor Institution”?

When I restarted this blog in June last year I tried to indicate some of what I felt were becoming the wider responsibilities of the NHS. Given that the Prime Minister had announced 5 year increases in its finances, by 2023 the NHS would be consuming an even higher percentage of all public expenditure. As it had requested it, this laid a greater responsibility on the NHS to take a greater role in developing our society and it seemed important. In January this is reflected in the final paragraph of the Appendix of the long-term plan  where the phrase “anchor

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