The UK health service was praised for its safety, affordability and efficiency, but fared less well on outcomes such as preventing early death and cancer survival. The research by the Commonwealth Fund, a US think tank, looked at countries across the world, including the US, Canada, Australia, France and Germany. The US came bottom. It is the second time in a row that the UK has finished top. Three years ago, when the survey was last done, the UK was also number one. It comes despite the NHS being in the grip of the tightest financial squeeze in its history with lengthening waiting times. The good and the bad The NHS was praised for the safety of its care, the systems in place to prevent ill-health, such as vaccinations and screening, the speed at which people get help and that there was equitable access regardless of income. Only in one of the five themes looked at did the NHS perform poorly compared with the other nations – health outcomes. This covers general health of

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