England spends the least on healthcare but has highest life expectancy, audit of UK’s four nations shows

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 29 June 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e4474
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

The four health departments of the United Kingdom should work closely together to investigate variations in performance and learn lessons from each other to save taxpayers’ money and improve care, says a public spending watchdog.

The National Audit Office published a report Healthcare Across the UK: A Comparison of the NHS in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland1 on 29 June, which analysed the key trends and differences in the NHS between the four countries in the UK.

Responsibility for health services has been devolved to the administrations in Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland since 1999, and these administrations have powers to choose how …

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