The national health

Hannah ThompsonYouGovLabs and UK Public Opinion Website Editor
January 21, 2011, 12:44 AM GMT+0

A higher percentage of the British public opposes the Government’s plans to restructure the NHS than supports them, and faith in the Coalition’s ability to deliver NHS services is fairly low, our poll has found.

  • 37% of Brits oppose the Government’s restructuring plans, with 16% strongly opposed
  • While 34% support them, with just 5% strongly in favour
  • A significant 30% of Brits said that they didn’t know

Alongside this, confidence in the Coalition’s ability to deliver on the NHS is low.

  • 57% of Brits say they do not trust the Government much or ‘at all’ to deliver on the NHS
  • Compared to 36% who say they do (including 7% who do so strongly).

Better than the rest

Notwithstanding, the British public generally feels that the NHS delivers equal, if not slightly better, healthcare services than most other European countries.

  • 32% of Brits felt that the NHS delivers ‘about the same level of care as the health services of most other countries in Europe’
  • While a similar proportion (29%) felt that NHS healthcare was ‘better’ than that of other countries
  • 23% said that they thought the NHS was worse than elsewhere in Europe

The NHS has come under renewed focus in recent days as the Government announces it plans to restructure services so that they are run by consortiums of local doctors as opposed to local primary care trusts.

See the survey details and the full results