NHS privatisation worries older more than younger people

The public's view on NHS privatisation differs depending on their age, according to a poll of over 1,000 people commissioned by the independent Social Market Foundation think tank.

It found that younger people viewed privatisation as a possibility but not necessarily as a negative.

Older people were concerned by NHS privatisation and feared ‘losing' the NHS.

The research also found that while people say they want a nationally based NHS, when asked how resources should be allocated in their area the public supports locally tailored services.

David Furness, health project leader at the Social Market Foundation, said: ‘Our research shows that people will accept local variation in the NHS if they feel their views are taken into account - fears about postcode lotteries are largely misplaced.'

neil.durham@haymarket.com

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