Does poor health justify NHS reform?

Andrew Lansley claims radical NHS reform is necessary to drive up the UK's poor health outcomes compared with Europe. But is our record really so bad, questions our Chief Economist John Appleby?

Publication:  British Medical Journal
Reference:  BMJ 2011; 2011; 342:d566

On the basis that if it ain't broke don't fix it, England's health secretary, Andrew Lansley, has said that his reforms for the NHS are needed because the country’s health outcomes are among the poorest in Europe. But, are they?

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