The two graphs that show why the Tories are not trusted on the NHS

"The proportion of people saying they were satisfied with the way the NHS is run has fallen from 70 per cent in 2010 to 58 per cent last year – the biggest drop recorded since the survey began almost 30 years ago.

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Satisfaction in the NHS declined significantly in the mid-1980s and mid-1990s under the Conservatives and rose dramatically under the last decade during the Labour administration.

With the Conservatives back in power, trends have reasserted themselves. As the Daily Telegraph reports:

“The proportion of people saying they were satisfied with the way the NHS is run has fallen from 70 per cent in 2010 to 58 per cent last year – the biggest drop recorded since the survey began almost 30 years ago.”

Lo0king back over the trend of the last 30 years, we can clearly see that NHS approval does appear to be linked to which party is in charge:

In fact net satisfaction fell from +29 in 1983, down to -10 in 1990 and then recovered somewaht until slumping down to -16 in 1997. During Labour’s tenure it rose to an unprecedented +54, only to fall down to close to 1983 levels.

Given this record it is unsuprising that the Tories still lag behind in the polls on which party is best to handle the NHS.

The full data can be found here. The survey has been carried by the National Centre for Social Research (NatCen), as it has most years since 1983, and was commissioned this year by the Kings Fund.

 


See also:

Cameron’s vetoing of NHS Risk Register release “a desperate act which will backfire badly” 8 May 2012

Lord Owen: If coalition continue to appeal Risk Register, Bill must be paused 9 March 2012

Losing the plot: How the Lords rubbished the NHS bill – then voted for it anyway 15 October 2011

Lansley told to his face why his NHS reforms are wrong, wrong, wrong 14 October 2011

Ten reasons peers should vote against Lansley’s anti-NHS bill 12 October 2011


 

 


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32 Responses to “The two graphs that show why the Tories are not trusted on the NHS”

  1. Lord Blagger

    20-80,000 a year killed by errors in the NHS each year.

    What happens when the NHS numbers become more widely known?

  2. Coleey

    I suppose no-one is killed in the glorious US health system.

  3. Bryson

    Have you got any statistics to back that up? I’d be interested to see them.

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    What he doesn’t say is that the NHS’s error rate was terrible through the 80’s and early 90’s, improvement only came with the Labour funding surge. The error rate was finally catching up with the OECD average when the Tory disorganization hit it, like so many other things, for six and is now increasing again.

    Not to mention the death toll from not being treated would be far higher. But hey, he’s only trying to shut down the NHS.

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