NHS ‘poor’ on treating deadly illnesses

This topical and controversial report, from the BBC, reflects the findings of a recent report into the care provided by the National Health Service that concluded there were areas of weakness in the care provided by the NHS, particularly with regard to the management of cancer and respiratory infections. That being said, the NHS was shown in the report to be a strong performer with regard to “out of pocket spending” per household on healthcare. This report made me think about the challenges faced by a form of healthcare “free at the point of delivery” as the NHS is,  and the struggle of clinicians to provide a consistently excellent service during times of significant budget cuts and pressure.