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NHS no better under Labour

25th June 2007

A British Medical Association poll has shown four in 10 people in England do not think the NHS has improved under Labour.

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The poll of 1,000 people, conducted in June, has been published by the BMA in advance of their annual conference in Torquay. It showed 42% of people thought the health service had not improved. One third of the respondents believed it had shown improvement.

Over half the people polled said they would pay a small amount for NHS services. Although the services were not specified, the BMA said that the charge could be related to prescriptions.

A Department of Health spokesperson said in response that the poll was "interesting" but made a reference to May's Healthcare Commission survey of 80,000 NHS patients which showed "92% rated the care they received as good or excellent."

The poll also showed 60% of the respondents were in favour of the management of the NHS by an independent body, a proposal which has previously been suggested by the BMA.

Earlier in June, Health Secretary Patricia Hewitt rejected the idea of an independent board, warning it could evolve into a "1960s nationalised industry."

Dr Sam Everington, acting chairman of the BMA, said: "This is a stark message. It is time to take the politics and meddling out of the NHS and allow an independent board to be responsible for the day to day running of the health service."

 

 


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