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UK study suggests drastic healthcare cuts

AP/Yahoo News, September 4, 2009

A leaked consultants' report has advised drastic staff and budget cuts to Britain's universal healthcare system, and a group of senior doctors expressed concern about the treatment of dying patients. A report from management consultants McKinsey & Co. advised the National Health Service to cut a tenth of its 1.5 million-strong work force over the next five years to make up a budget shortfall. It also suggested the NHS sell off hospitals and cut back on some services. In addition, a group of doctors who treat the terminally ill said they were worried that some are dying prematurely because of guidelines on dealing with patients in their final hours.