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Spending in Scotland goes up while activity goes down

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: (Published 08 December 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:1358
  1. Bryan Christie
  1. Edinburgh

    A report looking at the performance of the NHS in Scotland has found that it is difficult to assess whether the service is providing value for money.

    The report from Audit Scotland says that expenditure in Scotland is higher than in the rest of the United Kingdom and a sample of European countries, including Denmark, the Netherlands, and Finland. Extra investment has helped to fund improvements in the quality and availability of treatment, yet Scotland continues to have some of the highest premature death rates in the developed world.

    The report …

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