NHS: We’ve Had More Investment but Less Return

by Edward Leigh MP

During yesterday’s debate on the future of the NHS including the reforms proposed by Andrew Lansley, I pointed out the glaring disparity between the taxpayer’s greater and greater investment in the National Health Service:

Sadly, despite massive increases in funding over fifteen years, there has been an undoubted catastrophic decline in NHS productivity. Does my right hon. Friend accept that many of us on the Government Benches feel that if we are to save the NHS there is no alternative to more co-operation with the private sector, and that he should stick to his guns?

The Health Secretary pointed out in his response that, as a former chair of the Public Accounts Committee, I had ample opportunity to look into the cost effectiveness of this country’s health service and found that productivity had plunged under the Labour government. When Margaret Hodge succeeded me, the PAC still found the same. I hope the Coalition Government holds firm in insisting we get value for money in the NHS — Britain has been taken for a ride for too long.

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