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Public Investment in Public Services

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Public Investment in Public Services. The UK's Labour government has been at pains to stress the importance of public investment on the grounds that it provides the infrastructure that is a prerequisite for improvements in output and growth and is necessary both to supply and to enhance public services. This note looks at Britain's public investment over the last 25 years and identifies trends in the various spending areas. "Twenty-Five Years of Falling Investment? Trends in Capital Spending on Public Services" by Tom Clark, Mike Elsby and Sarah Love is published by the Institute for Fiscal Studies.

 

By Institute for Fiscal Studies, UK.

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UK Health Spending

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UK Health Spending . The British Prime Minister has confirmed that he would like to see UK health spending reach the European average by 2005. Carl Emmerson, Christine Frayne and Alissa Goodman compare the level of health spending in the UK with that overseas and discuss how much more the UK is likely to need to spend on health if it is to meet the Prime Minister?s stated target. "How much would it cost to increase UK health spending to the European Union average?" is published by the Institute for Fiscal Studies.

 

By Institute for Fiscal Studies, UK.

Health Policy Resource.


Challenges For UK Healthcare

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Challenges For UK Healthcare. A masterful survey of the challenges facing those wishing to improve the UK's National Health Service. This paper compares UK funding, health outcomes, satisfaction, and waiting times against other European and North American countries. It then looks at the growth of private healthcare, regional variations in waiting lists and the effect of an ageing population on the demand healthcare. By Carl Emmerson, Christine Frayne and Alissa Goodman

 

By Institute for Fiscal Studies, UK.

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Positive Mental Health

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Positive Mental Health. In the UK and more widely, debate and action on mental health continues to be dominated by an emphasis upon mental health problems or illness. This is understandable given the burden of mental ill-health and the resulting challenges for individuals, families and friends and society as a whole. However, the tendency to use mental health as a euphemism for mental health problems or illness has served to bias discussion and action on mental health in the same way as that on health generally ? that is, towards treatment and care, with relative neglect of promotion and prevention. The focus of this discussion document is how we can promote ?positive? mental health across the whole population, given that this is a fundamental resource for everyday life and the basis of physical, mental and social wellbeing for everyone. "With Health in Mind: Improving mental health and wellbeing in Scotland" by Margaret Hannah and Maddy Halliday is published by the Scottish Council Foundation.

 

By Scottish Council Foundation, Scotland.

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