Satisfaction in NHS plummets due to concern over government reforms
Public satisfaction with the NHS saw its largest-ever drop last year as ministers highlighted weaknesses in the service to justify the Health and Social Care Act, and senior clinicians spoke out against the reforms.
The factors were cited by the King’s Fund as key reasons for the plummet in public confidence, identified today in the British Social Attitudes Survey.
The survey found that satisfaction with the running of the NHS fell from 70 to 58 per cent between 2010 and 2011. It is the largest drop since the survey began in 1983, and comes after year-on-year rises every year since 2002.