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Observations Lobby Watch

Office of Health Economics

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 06 April 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d1940
  1. Jane Cassidy, freelance journalist
  1. janecassi2{at}

What is it?

Perhaps best known for producing an annual compendium of health statistics encompassing population, morbidity, mortality, UK healthcare expenditure, and NHS costs, the Office of Health Economics is currently carrying out an expert commission on the role of competition in the NHS. The idea is to investigate which health services would benefit from competition and which would be harmed by it.

By collecting evidence it says that it hopes to cut through extreme positions for and against that are unlikely to represent the most socially beneficial outcome.

Chaired by the Oxford economics professor James Malcomson, the commission expects to complete its work and issue a …

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