By Alison Park, John Curtice, Katarina Thomson, Miranda Phillips, Elizabeth Clery

The yearly British Social Attitudes survey is performed by means of Britain’s biggest autonomous social learn association, the nationwide Centre for Social study. It presents an vital consultant to political and social concerns in modern Britain. This twenty fifth file summarizes and translates facts from the newest national survey, in addition to drawing worthwhile comparisons with the findings of earlier years to supply a richer photo and deeper figuring out of adjusting British social values.

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In part this may help explain why satisfaction with inpatient services is lagging behind satisfaction with outpatient services. The government would be well advised to pay careful attention to issues of quality of hospital care if it wants the voting public to be satisfied with the health service. It is interesting to note that these declining trends in views on the need for extra staffing coincide with some of the largest increases in staffing – particularly in England – for many years. For example, total NHS staff in England increased by nearly 20 per cent between 2000 and 2006: consultants by 34 per cent, nurses by 19 per cent and GPs by 17 per cent (Information Centre, 2008).

This involves a ‘self-improving’ NHS where quality and efficiency improvements are to be driven by patient choice and competition, coupled with greater use of financial incentives, not only for organisations but also for individuals (Stevens, 2004). Importantly, given its centrality in government health policy over the last eight years – arising from its importance to the public – waiting times hit a historic low. Furthermore, the prospect of hitting the ‘final’ waiting times target – that no one should wait longer than 18 weeks from GP referral to treatment in hospital – was on course to become a reality by the end of 2008.

Those favouring independence for England overlap considerably with those who indicate a preference for Scotland and Wales to become independent, though the overlap is not perfect. Amongst those who believe it would be better for England to Is there an English backlash? Reactions to devolution 21 become an independent country, 60 per cent state that they would prefer Scotland to become independent, while 58 per cent say the same of Wales. 8. Under this Act, Westminster can grant the Welsh Assembly the right to pass primary legislation in specific defined areas.

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