NHS progress is “very positive” in some areas but poor in others, says watchdog

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 11 December 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a2984
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1London

    The NHS in England and Wales has made “some dramatic progress” in the past five years, delivering better health for the nation and year on year improvement in meeting core standards and national targets set by the government, says the healthcare watchdog.

    The report from the Healthcare Commission says that although the NHS receives more funding than ever, comparable with countries with similar state backed systems, such as Sweden and Finland, it also offers better value for money than before. There are more consultations in primary care, more admissions to hospitals, and more visits to emergency departments than five years ago, and the NHS has seen a 26% rise in staff in the past decade.

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