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Pay doctors less and employ more

30th November 2010

A report by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development has estimated that high NHS salaries cost people in Britain 3.5 years of life.

The report showed that NHS GPs were paid nearly twice the amount of French doctors. Lawrence Speer, of the OECD, said: "In the UK, healthcare spending is above average, but the volume of various health indicators is below average. Why is this? It is because doctors' and nurses' salaries are quite high in the UK, compared to the OECD average. In other words, the UK is paying more for less, by putting salaries above volume."

 

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