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Competition really does improve the NHS

December 11, 2011

Growing evidence suggests patient choice has helped lower death rates and raise productivity

Zack Cooper (someone who actually does research on this, rather than speaking from an ideological, but uninformed position) wrote this piece in the Guardian in June. Key paragraph:

“Evidence-based policy is crucial to securing value in the NHS, and evidence on the benefits of competition is growing rapidly: it suggests that publishing data on how hospitals are performing, and allowing every patient in England to go to the best hospitals in the country, improves standards across the NHS. So it’s worrying to watch this being ignored and misrepresented by those who disagree purely on ideological grounds.”

But of course competition requires informed users (patients and their families), and open, clear, comparable information on which they can make decisions. The fact that is now happening will save lives and money – making the NHS more effective, more caring and more admired.

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