A new report has shown that people in England have less spent on their health and fewer nurses to treat them in the NHS than in other parts of the UK.
The National Audit Office (NAO) has published the first official report into differences in the NHS across the UK. It was put together after growing concern in in Westminster that people without health insurance in England are getting a poorer deal.
The report showed that the NHS spends £1,900 per person in England. In contrast, every person in Scotland has £2,072 spent on them, almost 10 per cent more. £2,017 is spent per person in Wales, and £2,106 per person in Northern Ireland.
Titled Healthcare across the UK, the report also revealed that there are also fewer nurses, midwives and healthcare visitors per head in England. In England, there are 846 staff per 100,000 people, but there are 1,224 in Scotland.
It is administration in Cardiff, Belfast and Edinburgh who decides how much is spent on the NHS and how it is organised.
Whilst people in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland pay nothing for prescriptions, in England the prescription charge actually increased in April from £7.20 to £7.65. Similarly, eye tests are free in Scotland but cost around £19 in England.
As reported in The Telegraph, Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland's Health Secretary, said: "I am proud that this report demonstrates the high quality service delivered by our NHS in Scotland.
“The audit office highlight that Scotland has the highest rates of GPs, hospital medical staff and nurses in the UK and we also spend more per head on health than England and Wales."
However, a spokesman for the Department of Health said: “England spends less per person on health care than Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales but has similar if not better health outcomes.”
Scotland has developed a more centralised approach to the NHS, with the SNP avoiding private sector involvement in contrast to the Coalition.
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