England's health standards lag behind those of other Western countries

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 01 January 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:10
  1. Mark Gould
  1. London

    It could cost the NHS an extra £30bn ($53bn; €43bn) a year to provide health care in England over the next 20 years, unless large gaps in standards of health between rich and poor people are dealt with, an interim report on future health trends estimates.

    The report, by former banker Derek Wanless, was released with a minimum of publicity in December. It paints a picture of a country that compares unfavourably with other major Western countries in terms of mortality and morbidity from cancer and heart disease. Mr Wanless also found wide variations in life expectancy across the socioeconomic groups. …

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