News 2005 UK election special

The view from abroad

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: (Published 28 April 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:987
  1. Ross McL Wilson, director
  1. NSH Centre for Healthcare Improvement, New South Wales

    The Australian analyst Ross Wilson thinks that Labour's plan to reward high performing hospitals could be as important as the Tories' plan to channel money into the private sector

    When British voters go to the polls in May they will be able to choose between the parties on the basis of health policy posted on their websites. My discussion is based on the documents available on those sites and does not make any assessment of the likelihood of implementation of these policies.

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    All the three main parties presume that the current clinical performance in the NHS can be improved, although Labour asserts that current performance has already improved substantially during its tenure. Its claims …

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