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NHS 'poor’ on treating deadly illnesses


The NHS lags behind other countries when it comes to treating common, life-threatening illnesses, an independent analysis produced for the BBC says.

The report - to mark the NHS's 70th birthday - said the UK was a "below-average" performer on preventing deaths from heart attacks, strokes and cancer.

But it does get less funding than services in the other 18 nations studied, the experts pointed out.

The analysis also said there were some "definite strengths".

These included providing "unusually good financial protection" from the consequences of ill-health and being relatively efficient.

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