The British National Health Service (NHS) is one of the largest healthcare organisations in the world. Its function is to provide a complete range of medical services 'free at the point of delivery' to every citizen of the United Kingdom. Employing over 1.3m people and with an annual budget of about £80 billion, it is an essential part of the British way of life and consistently a prime area of media attention and political contention.
Webpages relating to the NHS (including official pages) are often confusing, rarely linked intelligently to each other, and do not give a useful overview to the layman.
It is therefore highly desirable that the NHS should be explained and described as accurately as possible in Wikipedia.
Myriad of articles exists in Wikipedia about different aspects of the NHS. Some, but by no means all, of these are listed in Category:National Health Service. There is no clear structure in which these articles are embedded. (There is also a lack of structure with healthcare topics that go beyond the boundaries of the NHS: Category:Healthcare in the United Kingdom.)
The following problems (and the list is by no means comprehensive) are evident amongst some (or in some cases most) of the existing articles:
The NHS changes in England in April 2013 have made many articles out of date
they are poorly structured
they are stubs
they are mutually inconsistent
they do not provide links to other appropriate articles
written perhaps by professionals, they do not provide enough context or explanation for the outsider - and may contain significant professional or political POV
many topics and issues are not covered at all
there is confusion about the different services in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
This means it is difficult for the reader to develop a clear picture of this highly complex organisation; for the NHS has virtually a culture of its own. In sum, Wikipedia articles relating to the NHS should be able to explain, inter alia:
its relationships with medical bodies
its clinical governance
its corporate governance
differing arrangements in different parts of the UK
However, it will likely take us some time to reach these goals with every article, so don't worry if you can't meet all of them right away. Remember though that even the shortest stub article should be accurate and maintain a neutral point of view.