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Close £2bn NHS Funding Gap

Monday, June 23, 2014

Government Must Plug NHS £2 Billion Funding Gap As Us Study Shows NHS To Be Most Cost Effective And Efficent Healthcare System In The World Says GMB

US healthcare system at the bottom of the 11 countries assessed yet Government want to use the US model for healthcare with increased numbers of providers and rationing services as a way forward for the NHS says GMB

GMB, the union for staff in the NHS, joined calls for a further £2 billion per year to be added to the NHS budget.

This follows a BBC report that health chiefs are warning that NHS England is facing a £2bn funding gap for the next financial year, Senior NHS officials are quoted as saying that increased financial pressures would mean the health service needing extra cash from April of next year.

Even with an additional £2 billion that would still leave the UK as one of the most cost effective and efficient health care systems in the world.

GMB ranked the latest data from the Commonwealth Fund on spend per head in 11 countries and the overall ranking in terms of quality, efficiency and other yardsticks. The Commonwealth Fund is a US private foundation that promotes a high performance health care system providing better access, improved quality, and greater efficiency. The latest data is set out in the table below. See notes to editors for sources and definitions of what is included in the overall ranking and links to the full report.

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Health expenditure/ per capita, 2011

Overall Ranking 2013

US

£4,999

11

Norway

£3,331

7

Swizerland

£3,315

2

Netherlands

£2,996

5

Canada

£2,657

10

Germany

£2,641

5

France

£2,419

9

Sweden

£2,306

3

Australia

£2,233

4

UK

£2,001

1

New Zealand

£1,870

7

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Expenditure originally shown in $US PPP (purchasing power parity) and converted into £ using $1=£0.5875. Australian PPP data from 2010

Rehana Azam GMB National Officer for the NHS said "International experts have found the NHS to be the most cost effective and efficient health care in the world.

Yet we have a Government hell bent on destroying it. We know NHS funding has flat lined in recent years. Recent NHS spending has seen the lowest of NHS funding since the 1940's.

The same experts show that the US healthcare system at the bottom of the 11 countries assessed. Yet the Government want to use the US model for healthcare with increased numbers of providers and rationing services as a way forward for the NHS.

We have seen a host of different pieces of legislation brought in by this Government that has already led to £12.5billion of NHS services put out onto the market. Last year we had a winter crisis, we are now moving into a summer crisis with a quarter of trusts in deficit.

The reality is the NHS faces a funding gap. GMB continue to call on the Government to give the NHS the fair funding settlement it needs.”

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Contact: Rehana Azam, GMB National Officer 07841 181656 or GMB Press Office on 07921 289880 or 020 7391 6755/56.

Notes to editors on data.

1. This data has been compiled from a report from The Commonwealth Fund. The report, ‘Mirror, Mirror on the Wall: How the Performance of the US Health Care System Compares Internationally’ is available to download here: http://www.commonwealthfund.org/~/media/files/publications/fund-report/2014/jun/1755_davis_mirror_mirror_2014.pdf 

2. The Commonwealth Fund is a US private foundation that promotes a high performance health care system providing better access, improved quality, and greater efficiency. The Fund’s work focuses particularly on society’s most vulnerable, including low-income people, the uninsured, minority Americans, young children, and elderly adults.

3. The overall ranking has been worked out by ranking a number of indicators:

Quality: High quality care is defined as care that is effective, safe, coordinated and patient-centred.

Effective care is the degree to which patients receive services that are effective and appropriate for preventing or treating a given condition and controlling chronic illness.

Safe care is described as avoiding injuries to patients from the care that is intended to help them.

Coordinated care is the coordination of patient care throughout the course of treatment which helps to ensure appropriate follow up treatment, minimise the risk of error and prevent complications.

Patient-centredness defined as care delivered with the patient’s needs and preferences in mind.

Access: this has been grouped into 2 categories, cost-related access problems and timeliness of care.

Efficiency: described as ‘an efficient, high-value health care system seeks to maximise the quality of care and outcomes given the resources committed, while ensuring that additional investment yield net value over time.’ It is measured by examining total national expenditures on health as a percentage of GDP, as well as the percentage spent on health administration and insurance.

Equity: defined as ‘providing care that does not vary in quality because of personal characteristics such as gender, ethnicity, geographic location and socio-economic status.’

Healthy lives: this has been measure by looking at 3 indicators: mortality amenable to health care (ie deaths that could have been prevented with timely and effective care); infant mortality; and healthy life expectancy at age 60.

4. The UK was ranked first in all indicators with the exception of Timeliness of care (ranked 3rd) and Healthy Lives (ranked 10th).

 

 

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