Posted on November 5, 2015
Standards of healthcare in the UK are lagging behind many developed nations with thousands fewer doctors and nurses being employed, a report says.
The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development review of 34 countries found the UK was behind in key areas such as stroke and cancer.
It also found spending was lower per head and there was less equipment.
The Department of Health said there was room for improvement and money was being targeted in those areas.
The report found the UK has 8.2 nurses per 1,000 people compared with an OECD average of 9.1, while it has 2.8 doctors per 1,000 compared with 3.3.
Experts said 26,500 more doctors and 47,700 nurses would be needed to match the OECD average.
In terms of equipment, the number of MRI and CT scanners was well below average.
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