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NHS in decline, says report

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The government’s record investment in the NHS has brought few benefits and the service is now in decline, according to a new report.
According to the study NHS reform: national mantra not local reality by the independent think-tank Reform, the performance of the NHS is well behind health services in other countries.

Infant mortality is higher than in the Czech Republic and there are is a high difference in neonatal mortality according to social class, the report says.

It also shows the UK performs below other European countries in treating cancer and other countries achieve waiting lists of just two to four weeks.

According to the report, if these trends continue, the NHS will decline but continue to cost the taxpayer £120bn.

Report author Nick Bosanquet, Professor of Health Policy at Imperial College London and a Consultant Director of Reform, said: “The Department of Health’s strategic challenge is to transform the quality of NHS care within a foreseeable future of tightly limited resources.’
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