Patients' happiness with the NHS has fallen by record levels after an annual survey found that government reforms have left nearly one in four people dissatisfied with the health service. The proportion of people saying they were satisfied with the way the NHS is run has fallen from 70 per cent in 2010 to 58 per cent last year – the biggest drop recorded since the survey began almost 30 years ago. John Appleby, Chief Economist of the King's Fund, which conducted the survey, said that the government's controversial health reforms and the funding squeeze on the NHS were the most likely causes of the decline in satisfaction. "I think the key reasons are last year the Government had tremendous trouble with the NHS bill...and there were also difficult financial circumstances for the NHS. "The public are hearing a lot of noise [about these things] and I think that has worried them," Mr Appleby said. The British Social Attitudes Survey interviewed more than 3,000 people, who may or may not have used the NHS recently, around half of whom answered questions on the NHS.
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