Date: 21 May 2007
Health service survey gives staff top marks
A leading US-based health foundation has given top marks to the
UK health system in comparison to other large English-speaking countries
The Commonwealth Fund, based in New York, put the NHS at the top
of the league (replacing Germany) due to the fact that nobody is
excluded by inability to pay; that the NHS delivers the correct
and safest form of treatment more often than others; and that high
levels of internal efficiency have driven down treatment costs.
UNISONScotland Head of Health Glyn Hawker said: "Today's news demonstrates
that Scotland's health workers are part of a UK system that delivers
world class health care, and that no patient should be excluded
from this by their inability to pay.
"But politicians need to heed the warning from this survey. These
results have been achieved without the so-called 'reforms' handed
down from Whitehall to the NHS in England and Wales over the past
year or so which has drained so much staff effort and financial
resources lately. The last thing that the Scottish Health Service
needs, are any attempts to introduce similar 'reforms' here."
Notes for Editors: The findings of the report can be viewed
For Further Information Please Contact: Glyn Hawker (Scottish
Organiser - Bargaining) 07876 441 237 (m) Chris Bartter (Communications
Officer) 0771 558 3729(m)