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British public’s satisfaction with the NHS at lowest level in over a decade

11/03/2019

Public satisfaction with the NHS has fallen to its lowest level since 2007, according to analysis of the 2018 British Social Attitudes (BSA) survey published by the King’s Fund and the Nuffield Trust.

The survey, carried out by the National Centre for Social Research (NatCen), is seen as a gold standard measure of public attitudes.  It finds that, following a sharp drop in 2017, public satisfaction with the health service fell by a further three points in 2018 to 53%, its lowest level in over a decade and 16% below its historical peak of 70% in 2010.  The continued fall in satisfaction came despite the prime minister’s announcement last June – just before the interviews for the survey were undertaken – of a £20bn long-term funding boost for the health service.

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