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NHS spending fell in real terms

Written by JuniorDr. Posted in News

Health spending fell in the United Kingdom in 2010 and 2011 for the first time since the 1970s, according to a new OECD report.

Health at a Glance 2013 says that spending in real terms per capita fell by 1.1% in 2011, following a 2.5% decline in 2010. It had increased by an average of 5.3% per year over the previous decade.

It noted that the number of doctors in the UK has increased by over 50% since 2000, much more rapidly than in nearly all other OECD countries.

Consumption of certain types of prescribed drugs has also increased significantly since 2000 in the UK - notably the consumption of antidepressants and antibiotics - and is now well above the OECD average.