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Reforms have failed, say doctors

8th March 2007

A decade of government reform has failed to make a difference, according to a survey of doctors.

A poll of more than 3,000 medics carried out for The Times newspaper, revealed widespread disillusionment as the majority said services have not improved despite the extra billions.

Although more than a quarter felt there had been improvements since the NHS received increased funding in 2002, more than half thought there had been none.

More than two-thirds felt the money had been poorly invested, while almost three-quarters thought that the quality of care had failed to improve.

The poll, carried out by website doctors.net, revealed almost eight in ten doctors felt taxation alone could not sustain the expected standards beyond 2008 when the increases in funding levels would end.

Almost half of those who responded graduated after 2000.

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