Government accused of 'hiding' high GP satisfaction rates

An unpublished government poll shows GP satisfaction is close to its highest ever level, a leading health economist has revealed.

Mr Appleby: the poll shows the NHS was 'doing something right' to achieve the record high levels of satisfaction
Mr Appleby: the poll shows the NHS was 'doing something right' to achieve the record high levels of satisfaction

Results from the long-running British Attitudes Survey, uncovered by The Observer, reveal that 64% of the British public are either very or quite satisfied with the NHS - the highest level since the poll began in 1983. The Observer article claims Ipsos MORI submitted the results to the DoH last autumn but they have not been made public.

GP satisfaction is now at 80%, 3% short of the all-time high ratings in the early '90s, King's Fund chief economist John Appleby wrote in an article for the BMJ.

Mr Appleby said the poll shows the NHS was 'doing something right' to achieve the record high levels of satisfaction.

The health economist also recently debunked claims by Mr Lansley that the UK's death rate from heart attacks was double that of France.

Labour's shadow health secretary John Healey accused the government of 'burying' the poll results as they undermine health secretary Andrew Lansley's case for urgent reform.

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