As Hospital wait times hit a three year high* NHS Trust Chiefs have warned that further strain on budgets is only likely to exacerbate the problem. New research released today from Saga PMI reveals that 39% of over 50s questioned in a poll of some 11,279 over 50s**, believe that the NHS is likely to be worse or much worse within 5 years, despite the governments proposed radical reforms of the NHS.
"It's not just the NHS trust chief executives that have sent a warning shot across the government's bows today" said Roger Ramsden, chief executive of Saga Services, "The over 50s are heavy users of NHS services so their experience counts - and their judgement is that not only has the NHS got worse over the last year, they expect the NHS to deteriorate further within five years".
The Poll for Saga Private Medical Insurance also revealed that 28% of over 50s polled believed that the NHS had got worse or much worse within the last year. Those living in Wales were the most likely to give this damning verdict with 40% citing deterioration in the last year, followed by 30% in both the West Midlands and Yorkshire and the Humber.
*Data from the Kings Fund quarterly monitoring report
**Saga Populus poll interviewed 11,279 Saga customers, all aged 50+ online between 17th and 23rd June 2011.
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