Labour government’s increased NHS spend produced better health outcomes, study finds

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 02 September 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d5615
  1. Helen Mooney
  1. 1London

The extra money pumped into the NHS from 1999 under the previous Labour government led to better health outcomes across the population in England, when measured by the method favoured by the current coalition government, a new study has found.

Researchers from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and RAND Europe show that the additional NHS spend after 1999 resulted in better health outcomes when measured by “amenable mortality,” deaths that should not occur if patients received timely and effective care (Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine 2011;104:370-9, doi:10.1258/jrsm.2011.110120)

Martin McKee, professor of European public health at the …

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