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Fun With Numbers - the NHS

Posted on the 02 April 2020 by Markwadsworth @Mark_Wadsworth

From the BBC:
The government has confirmed that 2,000 NHS frontline staff out of half a million in England have been tested for coronavirus since the outbreak began.
Half a million? And how many people does the NHS employ in total?
Factcheck says about 1.2 million in England.
So it's not a health provider with a minority of necessary non-medical staff - admin people, IT geeks, cleaners, maintenance. It's a large bureaucracy with a minority of nurses, doctors, ambulance drivers etc.
By the way, I am still a big fan of the general idea of the NHS, somehow it seems to work well in practice, but how much better could it be?

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