25 November 2010

The NHS has just published the NHS atlas of variation in healthcare. It is online here.

The atlas has three dozen maps which give the broad data for each primary care trust for a range of healthcare issues. I think it shows a disturbing variation in incidences of illnesses and availability of treatment which call into question the “national” in NHS. Awareness of how well other professionals do should be a spur to the modest performers and public awareness of their area’s various performances should empower patients.