Healthcare tops Brexit on list of issues facing the country

Public concern about the NHS highest since 2002

The UK public is increasingly pessimistic about the future of the NHS, research has revealed. The Ipsos MORI/Economist May 2017 Issues Index found that 61% of people identified the NHS as one of the most important issues facing the country, 16 percentage points above Brexit. According to Dan Wellings, senior policy fellow at the King’s Fund, this is the fifth highest level of concern recorded since 1997 and the highest it has been since April 2002, prior to Gordon Brown announcing £40bn of extra funding for the NHS. Pessimism over the future of the NHS is at record levels with 62% of people thinking it is going to get worse over the next few years and only 15% thinking it will get better. Wellings said the concern is being driven by the perceived lack of funding and the impact this is starting to have, particularly on staffing levels. Excerpt from Health Insurance Daily, read the full article here.

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