Britons think the NHS provides better care than healthcare systems in similar countries – but think its days are numbered, a Sky Data poll reveals.
Just over half of Britons – 51% – think the NHS treatment is a step above the care given in European countries similar to the UK, while 21% think NHS care is worse. Some 9% think they provide the same level of care, while 20% don’t know.
Most are also confident that the NHS provides value for money – 79% think it does so, including 50% who think it is very good value for money.
Just 11% think it should be providing more bang for its buck; 9% think it is neither good nor bad and 1% answered don’t know.
However, as we mark the 70th anniversary of the creation of the NHS, more than two-thirds of the public – 68% – think the NHS will not survive in its current form for a further 70 years. Some 17% believe it will, while 15% say they don’t know.
This comes as Britons believe the state of the NHS is worsening.
In a previous Sky Data poll conducted in January, 67% thought the service provided by the NHS had got worse over recent years.
Eight in 10 – 82% – thought the NHS got too little funding – and of those who thought the service was in decline, 60% blamed the government.
Theresa May has since declared an extra £20bn a year will be provided to the NHS, part-funded by a Brexit dividend.
However, official government forecasts suggest with UK’s withdrawal from the EU will in fact lead to a £15bn loss of tax revenues by 2020.
A separate Sky Data poll last week found 47% of people do not think there will be Brexit dividend, compared to 34% who did.
More than half (54%) supported increasing taxes to pay for the NHS funding boost.
Most – 52% to 31% – felt the government was being dishonest about where the money would come from.
Sky Data interviewed a nationally representative sample of 1,138 Sky customers by SMS on 29 June 2018. Data are weighted to the profile of the population.
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