About My Health Careers Internship MedBlogs Contact us
Medindia LOGIN REGISTER
Advertisement

Britain Healthcare System Rated as Poor Among European Nations

by VR Sreeraman on November 12, 2007 at 2:43 PM
Font : A-A+

Britain Healthcare System Rated as Poor Among European Nations

A new report has revealed that Britain's health-care system is a bad deal for patients, as compared with those in the rest of Europe. Despite of the fact that the country has the highest-paid doctors and the second-highest number of nurses per head of population, Britain was described by the study as "the poor relation" of European health-care.

British hospitals have the lowest number of doctors and consultants but the highest levels of the MRSA superbug. According to The Patients Association, which compiled the report, the results were an indictment of the NHS.

Advertisement

The British Medical Association said it showed the need for more doctors. A Department of Health spokesperson has revealed that in 10 years there had been record investment in the NHS.

"That money is paying for more staff and better pay, one million more operations a year, over 100 new hospitals and improved access for millions of people - 92 per cent of patients rate their experience as good or excellent," the Telegraph quoted the spokesperson, as saying.
Advertisement

The department said it had increased the number of GPs and that Britain's MRSA rate was in line with that of other countries. The study used official data to compare Britain's system with those of the Netherlands, Spain and France. The study found the UK had the second-lowest number of GPs; lowest number of GP consultations per inhabitant; lowest number of dental consultations per capita, and second-lowest health-care spending as a share of gross domestic product.

The results of the Comparative Study of European Health-care Systems cast further doubts on the performance of Britain's health system. Katherine Murphy, of the Patients Association, said: "This is a damning indictment of Britain's health-care system compared with that enjoyed by many of our European neighbours. Despite having the highest-paid doctors, in many cases we have the worst care."

Dr Jonathan Fielden, chairman of the BMA consultants committee, said: "A planned expansion of the consultant workforce would deliver the numbers we need to maintain the quality of patient care and ensure we don't waste taxpayers' money by training doctors, then restricting them to dead-end jobs where they can't meet their full potential."

Source: ANI
LIN/V
Advertisement

Advertisement
News A-Z
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
Advertisement
News Category
What's New on Medindia
Turmeric: Magic Ingredient to Keep you Healthy in Winter
Top 7 Benefits of Good Oral Hygiene
Healthy and Safer Thanksgiving 2021
View all

Medindia Newsletters Subscribe to our Free Newsletters!
Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.

More News on:
Awareness about Healthcare Insurance in India Healthcare Insurance-Common Terms and Definitions 

Recommended Reading
Poor Hospital Hygiene the Reason Behind Patient Deaths in Britain
At least 90 patients died from an infectious superbug in three neighbouring hospitals in southern .....
Survey Finds British Public Losing Confidence in NHS
A new health survey has revealed that there is a growing concern among the British public about ......
Americans Extremely Unhappy With Their Healthcare System
A seven-nation survey finds Americans extremely unhappy with their healthcare system....
Awareness about Healthcare Insurance in India
A basic awareness about Indian health insurance for any layman for quick reference presented in a cr...
Healthcare Insurance-Common Terms and Definitions
The key to understanding health Insurance is to become an informed consumer by knowing its definitio...

Disclaimer - All information and content on this site are for information and educational purposes only. The information should not be used for either diagnosis or treatment or both for any health related problem or disease. Always seek the advice of a qualified physician for medical diagnosis and treatment. Full Disclaimer

© All Rights Reserved 1997 - 2021

This site uses cookies to deliver our services. By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie Policy, Privacy Policy, and our Terms of Use