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Desvalorizar o NHS para justificar as políticas

NHS productivity has "almost certainly" risen in the past decade, with taxpayers getting more out of the health service for every pound spent – undermining one of the government's key arguments for its reforms, according a new paper. link

In a paper published in the Lancet, Nick Black, professor of health services research at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, said that although the health secretary, Andrew Lansley, claimed NHS productivity had fallen 15%, the opposite was almost certainly the case.
Andy Burnham, the shadow health secretary, said: "This analysis is hugely embarrassing for the prime minister. It demolishes an anti-NHS argument that Cameron and his ministers have repeatedly trotted out. Far from falling, NHS productivity increased in the last decade at the same time as the NHS was achieving record patient satisfaction. It is this successful NHS that, inexplicably, is being turned upside down by the Tory-led coalition.

"But, as well as destroying their arguments, this analysis exposes the prime minister's duplicity on the NHS. Professor Black explicitly criticises the Tories for propagating a myth that NHS productivity was declining to create a false justification for their health and social care bill."

Guardian 13.02.12