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NHS is doing well, but financial squeeze poses serious risks, King’s Fund says

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e8106 (Published 27 November 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e8106
  1. Nigel Hawkes
  1. 1London

Halfway through the term of the coalition government the NHS continues to perform well, a report from the healthcare think tank the King’s Fund has found.1

Substantial productivity gains have been made (£4.3bn (€5.3bn; $6.9bn) in 2010-11 and £5.8bn in 2011-12), without waiting lists growing longer or patients’ experience of care getting worse.

The incidence of healthcare acquired infections has continued to fall, with that of meticillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus falling by 42% and Clostridium difficile by 55% between May 2010, when the government took office, and September 2012.

Good progress has been made on the commitment to eliminate mixed sex …

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