A new poll suggests that the British public is not concerned about greater private sector involvement in the NHS, as long as treatment remains free at point of use.
The British public are not opposed to greater private sector involvement in the NHS
Research Company ICM interviewed over 1,000 British adults about their thoughts on the NHS. It found that 83% agreed with the statement:
"It shouldn't matter whether hospitals or surgeries are run by the government, not-for-profit organisations or the private sector, provided that everyone including the least well-off has access to care".
Just 14% disagreed with this statement.
In addition only a minority (36%) of the participants believe that the NHS provides better care than systems in France and in Germany.
In fact, 41% think that people living in European countries receive just as good a level of healthcare as we do on the NHS.
The survey also asked the participants about their biggest concerns as an NHS inpatient without private medical insurance. A quarter- 26%- said that they would worry about having to wait a long time for treatment.
Another quarter-24%- said that they would be most worried about picking up an infection at the hospital.
However, faith in the NHS in general is still resilient, with 56% agreeing that the NHS is “the envy of the world”. David Green, Director of Civitas, said:
"It is clear that most people still support the NHS, but that does not mean they are opposed to change."
"What this poll shows is that people generally support the idea of universal care at the point of need - not the virtual state monopoly of healthcare provision that we currently see.”
The report called for the government to forge ahead with the NHS reforms, in order to prevent any more scandals like those at the Mid-Staffordshire trust.
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