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Health spending in England rises faster than in rest of UK

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: (Published 15 December 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:1424
  1. Bryan Christie
  1. Edinburgh

    Spending on the health service in England has increased at a faster rate than that in other countries of the United Kingdom over the past six years. As a result the gap between England Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland, which traditionally have all spent more per person than England, has narrowed.

    At the same time devolution has led to greater divergence in health policy across the UK, as the four countries have pursued different priorities, challenging the widespread public expectation that standards of public services should be common across the UK.

    A report produced by the Northern office …

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