Today’s independent report by Nuffield showing the NHS in England performing much better than in Scotland or Wales is a clear vindication for Labour’s health reforms in England.
The figures are stark.
In spite of spending less per person on health in England results in every area are better. Waiting times in England are far shorter, English hospitals are far more efficient and access to GPs better.
This is because we’ve given power and choice to patients, had ambitious targets and effective performance management and set up a strong independent regulator to measure and publish hospital performance.
The Conservatives, Scottish National Party and Liberal Democrats have opposed these policies.