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NHS 'causes 17,000 deaths a year'

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Poor performance by the NHS is causing more than 17,000 deaths a year, according to a report.
The study by the TaxPayer’s Alliance compared NHS data with statistics gathered by the World Health Organisation in four other European countries in 2004.

It found that if the NHS had achieved the same levels of healthcare as Germany, France, the Netherlands and Spain, there would have been 17,157 fewer deaths.

Report author Matthew Sinclair said: “Thousands are dying every year thanks to Britain’s health service not delivering the standards people expect and receive in other European countries.’
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