The Commonwealth Fund survey (2011) examined the national healthcare services available in the UK, France, Germany, Switzerland, Sweden, Norway, the Netherlands, the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Consistently the UK NHS service ranked highly on a range of measures. It found that people in Britain have among the fastest access to GPs, the best co-ordinated care, and suffer from among the fewest medical errors, of 11 high income countries surveyed. It appears that the NHS is also fantastic value for money. Per capita health spending in the UK is the third lowest of the 11, at £2,170 per head, compared with £3,200 in Switzerland and £4,950 in the US.
However in the “public perceptions of the NHS tracker survey” published in October 2012 it found that only 69% of us were happy about the current running of the NHS service and that 43% of us felt that changes that the government were making would make the NHS worse for patients. However, 71% of people still agreed that the NHS offered one of the best health services in the world. It remains to be seen whether the changes planned by the government will improve services for patients.
If you have concerns regarding treatment you have received and require further advice please do not hesitate to contact our medical negligence team.