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Competition in the NHS has improved services

Hospitals and their patients have benefited from exposure to competition, according to new research by the Centre for Economic Performance at the London School of Economics.

The report counters some of the claims raised by the British Medical Associations campaign against the role of the market in the health service.

Competition between hospitals to deliver services has produced “clear cut evidence that competition between hospitals produces benefits,” said Carol Popper, one of the study’s authors.

By measuring hospital performance using adapted metrics used for private sector companies the authors said “better management procedures produces better hospitals and competition between hospitals produces better management”.


Posted on: 22/02/2010

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