The Government is pressing ahead with another reorganisation of the National Health Service. It is unlikely this reordering of our essentially bureaucrat-driven model will set the world alight. Certainly there is not much chance of the NHS becoming the envy of the world.
We have seen real spending on health in the UK more than double in ten years. We now spend 10% of national income on healthcare. The old excuses about a lack of resources no longer hold water. There are no incentives for efficiency built into the system. It is not clear that this will change.
James Bartholomew in The Welfare State We’re In reported a study that suggested that the typical NHS hospital had more than four times as many support staff per nurse than a typical private hospital. This figure is difficult to verify but few employees or patients would be at all surprised to read this.
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