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Cost of NHS and education grows faster than general economy

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.b4593 (Published 05 November 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b4593
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

    The cost of providing NHS services has risen faster in the past 10 years than costs throughout the whole economy, according to new figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

    The office has also confirmed its findings published in June that the NHS’s productivity has fallen in the past 10 years despite large cash injections.

    The office regularly examines public sector productivity, but the Changing Costs of Public Services report contains a new measure called “relative unit cost of public service output.”

    This wider measure takes into account productivity (how much input …

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