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The debate over NHS funding models is a distraction

Improving productivity is the key to saving the health service

By Jennifer Dixon  

Photo: Peter Byrne/PA Wire/PA Images

The NHS is about as old as India since independence and the Chinese Communist State. Next July it turns 70. Celebrations will be a mix of warm sentiment, rightful pride and soul searching as to its future. But how to navigate the gush of facts, alternative facts and emotion? Is the NHS in a “doom loop” of out-of-control demand and costs, or in good health but with a short-term cold?

Clearly there are problems. The squeeze on funding growth, particularly since 2010, is real and…

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