Hospital competition in the National Health Service
24 September 2012
Researchers from the Centre for Economic Performance (CEP) and the Spatial Economics Research Centre (SERC) used data with over 1.8 million patient observations to analyse the impact of these reforms on hospitals' quality and efficiency. Their results showed competition between public hospitals improved productivity, but that competition between public and private hospitals did not produce similar dividends. As the coalition government introduced their NHS reforms, this research was cited by all three main political parties in debates in parliament, by the government and in the media. By bringing empirical evidence into the policy making process, the research has shaped the design of the Bill, which became an Act of Parliament in March 2012.