Kate Andrews writes for The Spectator
Even if public spending on the NHS were to increase to the levels recommended today by the IFS or IPPR, it would still be the sick system of Europe, ranking in the bottom third of international comparisons for health system performance. According to the IFS, it will take a short-term increase of five per cent in annual spending to ‘enable waiting time targets to be met’. Perhaps this would be a selling point if Britain’s waiting times, even when met, weren’t some of the longest and most dangerous in the region.
It is not a matter of a bit more money to guarantee top-quality care. The system, which was not designed to cater to the needs of 65 million people and an ageing demographic, is falling apart under the pressure, unable to meet decent standards for the most basic and necessary services.
Read the full article here.
Further IEA Reading: Universal healthcare without the NHS