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%.
Might it be that NHS England is being deliberately degraded in preparation for a Great British privatisation and asset-strip?
There are signs that the pushers of Brexit have an admiration for the ‘freedom’ of the American system of health care through private insurance. OK, it’s twice as expensive for those in need of its services but it pulls in lots and lots of easy profits for its rich investors.
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It would certainly make sense.
The old British Rail was undoubtedly degraded prior to privatisation. From the start, as with all the nationalised industries, there was political involvement in many of the strategic decisions. To an extent, this is democratically acceptable. However, when there is interference to cause a poorer service to be delivered, then that is unacceptable.
The private sector has always had a stake in the NHS, not least by the doctors working in both sectors, and via nursing agencies. Pharmaceutical companies are very ‘influential’. There are, of course, ways in which such private contractor involvement can work to the benefit of all. This requires pretty good legal contractual frameworks being set up and monitored by politicians and civil servants, principally the latter. However, with the movement of senior personnel between government and the private sector, then we have ‘producer capture’ and a severe loss of benefit to the public.
Hi John. Just wanted to express my gratitude for what you are doing on this site. Please keep going for as long as you feel able to do so. You are definitely making a difference – much more than many / most elected representatives. Very best wishes. Robert
I really appreciate comments like this
Keeps me going when spirits dip
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78% – 57% – 36%?
Yes, the difference between 57 and 78, is 21 and that is a 36% increase on 57.
Sure thing, but 21 is 27% of 78, so while the Scottish figure is 36% higher, the UK one is only 27% lower.
Confused? You won’t be, after the following slippery explanation. The difference between the two %s, in this case 27% and 36%, increases as the lower starting percentage, 57% in this case, decreases – tending to wards infinity as the lower starting % tends towards zero. The size of the higher starting %, 78% here, makes no difference, unless it is also zero, but then, that would just be silly.
Unbeliever? Zero is 100% less than 1, or any other number – while 1, or any other number, is an infinite percentage greater than zero.
The confusion lies in the % difference between two numbers which depends on the starting point, and the subtractive difference which is absolute.
There, that’s cleared things up. And riveting stuff, I’m sure you’ll agree.
However, scrambled brains can be more easily be avoided by simply giving the two percentages, and letting the reader decide whether or not the difference is significant.
Think one of the big reasons for better ratings for NHS Scotland is they don’t follow the awful command and control management models but use System Thinking. See our blog on awful Tory management of NHS England https://wordpress.com/view/jcashbyblog.wordpress.com
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