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The vast majority of the public are worried about the future of the NHS and a majority believe it is heading in the wrong direction. A survey of 1,240 people in England carried out ahead of the BMA’s annual representative meeting, which begins tomorrow, Monday, also found that fewer than one in five people trust the government with the NHS. The survey found that: Almost eight in ten (78 per cent) are worried about the future of the NHS A majority (52 per cent) do not believe the NHS is going in the right direction Fewer than one in five (18 per […]
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It never happened in the way we think it happened Every 14 July, France commemorates the storming of the Bastille, which kick-started the French Revolution. ‘Bastille Day’ is not just a bank holiday. It is part of France’s national story, the great founding myth of French Republicanism. It is a powerful story of ordinary people rising up and overthrowing an oppressive elite. But it is not a true story. The history that is ‘remembered’ on Bastille Day is only very loosely based on actual events. The historical storming of the Bastille was pointless (the building was almost empty at the […]
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Lord Ashcroft conducted a poll of 12,000 people on 8th May asking people why they had voted as they did.  It is informative stuff, well worth reading in full. Those who voted Conservative said the most important factors were: the party had the best available Prime Minister they liked the Tories’ motives and values they preferred the Tories’ specific promises, and they thought the Tory team would make a more competent government. 49% of Conservative voters said the NHS was one of the top issues, the same proportion who mentioned the economy.  The NHS came higher in Labour voters concerns, who mentioned the […]
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Lord Ashcroft has conducted some interesting research into the views of the public on the NHS.  It’s a substantial piece of work with a poll of over 20,000 people and day-long discussions with 80 members of the public. He found discussing the practicalities of the future of the health service was hard because the subject is laden with emotion: one of the participants  described the NHS as “the soul of Britain”. Talking about potential reforms, even when aimed at ensuring the sustainability of the service in the long term, felt to many like an affront and made  them defensive.  Public understanding of the […]
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The Health Service Journal organised a poll of 2000 voters across England in June. They found that 70% of those questioned agreed that the principle of healthcare free at the time of delivery was under threat.  Of course no politician has actually proposed such a thing, but the idea is repeatedly raised by people within the NHS. And a large majority agreed with the statement that “The NHS is under threat from private healthcare companies”.  But half of them agreed that “If care is free it doesn’t matter if it’s publicly or privately run”, so it’s not very clear exactly how […]
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Ipsos Mori have just published Understanding Society – Great Britain: The way we live now. It’s got a big section on health and Public Opinion on the NHS. The proportion of the population agreeing that the NHS ‘will face a severe funding problem in the future’ has increased to 88% When 1,009 people were asked if they agreed with the statement: ‘As long as health services are free of charge, it doesn’t matter to me whether they are provided by the NHS or a private company.’  47% of people disagreed, an increase of 11 percentage points on the number of people […]
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Ipsos MORI’s Issues Index is conducted monthly and provides an overview of the key issues concerning the country. As they say:  At fifth place both NHS and Education are seen as among the most important issues facing the country (20% and 19% respectively) and both have increased by a fraction since January. For much of Tony Blair’s first years as Prime Minister, and before that, these were the top issues cited by respondents, but, recently, have been less likely to be mentioned.

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