From STV today:
‘Nearly four in five Scots are satisfied with the country’s health service, according to an exclusive survey for STV News. The ScotPulse study, which spoke to 1123 respondents, also found that 61% of people would be happy to pay higher taxes for their treatment on the NHS. Satisfaction levels with the Scottish health service sit at 78%, with 31% saying there are “very satisfied”, nearly half of Scots (47%) “quite satisfied” and 13% dissatisfied. This rises to 82% overall satisfaction for people with children but falls to around a quarter (74%) for those living in the north of Scotland.’
The latest UK-wide survey by Nat Cen paints a very different picture. See these key points:
- Public satisfaction with the NHS overall was 57% in 2017 – a 6 percentage point drop from the previous year. At the same time, dissatisfaction with the NHS overall increased by 7 percentage points to 29% – its highest level since 2007.
- Older people were more satisfied than younger people: 64% of those aged 65 and over were satisfied with the NHS in 2017 compared to 55% of those aged 18 to 64. Between 2016 and 2017, satisfaction fell among all age groups.
So, with satisfaction at 78%, NHS Scotland satisfies 36% more of the Scottish population than the combined NHS does across the UK. Given that there are Scottish responses in and perhaps boosting the UK figures, we might find that satisfaction levels with the NHS, in the non-Scottish parts of the UK, are lower than 57%.