Analysts disagree over whether spending on health has risen or fallen

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 31 October 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d7025
  1. Ingrid Torjesen
  1. 1London

Spending on the NHS did not fall in real terms during the first year of the coalition government, an analysis of departmental spending published in the Guardian newspaper last week shows (

But one senior economist who has been doing his own in-depth analysis of recent and future likely trends in health spending has argued that spending by the Department of Health effectively did fall last year.

John Appleby, chief economist at the health policy think tank the King’s Fund, said that the figures used in the analysis by the Guardian and the Institute of Fiscal Studies are “slightly misleading” because they are not the ones that would normally …

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