NHS Poll Reveals Public Wants Doctors to Run NHS

by Editor | June 23, 2014 3:41 am

THE GUARDIAN – The majority of British people believe the NHS has become a political football used cynically to win votes and should be trusted to professionals who understand how best to provide healthcare, according to an opinion poll carried out for the British Medical Association.

The Ipsos Mori survey, released on the first day of the BMA’s annual representatives meeting, also found that a third of people were in favour of parliament setting targets for the NHS, compared with 42% who were opposed. The union said the findings supported its insistence that decisions on patient care should be free from political interference and left to doctors.

The survey of nearly 2,000 people across Britain, weighted to be nationally representative, found that 73% believe that political parties are designing health policy to win votes, not to do what is best for the NHS, and that 65% believe the NHS should manage itself without the involvement of politicians as it understands how best to provide healthcare.

The public also showed a preference for doctors participating in decisions about how the NHS is run, with 55% saying they should have “high involvement”, over managers (34%).

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