NHS at 70: Public attitudes to the health and care system

Prior to our first keynote debate on 9 May, The NHS at 70: how can it thrive and survive for another 70 years?, Ipsos MORI carried out exclusive polling on public attitudes to health and care. The poll was commissioned by the RCP, NHS Providers, NHS Clinical Commissioners and National Voices.

The poll shows that, while dissatisfaction with the NHS has risen in the past two years, 57% remain quite or very satisfied. But almost half (46%) are pessimistic about its future.

Perhaps the most interesting finding is that mental health services are the public’s second priority for funding, behind urgent and emergency care. The panellists and audience at the debate were pleasantly surprised, as it shows there is a growing understanding about the importance of mental health.

When asked what’s important to them when receiving non-urgent care, the public rate quality very highly. 38% said it was the most important factor, followed by shorter waiting times (21%).

The findings will also inform our second keynote debate in Liverpool on 25 July. If you can’t be there, you can follow the debate on Twitter.

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