More money than ever before is being spent on the National Health Service (Figure 4.1) so why do problems still exist? Hospitals throughout the country are facing shortages of funds in many vital areas. The provision of medical care in the community is still being cut back despite the fact that that there has been a real increase in the funding available. The 1980s have seen health spending rise more than 30 per cent faster than the general retail price index.
This is a preview of subscription content, log in to check access.