HEALTH experts have been discussing a report from the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, (OECD), which has shown Britain performs poorly against its competitors in western Europe and north America, regarding the number of nurses employed per head of population in the late 1990's.

Specialists at an OECD conference in Ottawa, Canada, heard that in Britain, there were only 4.5 practising and certified nurses for every 1,000 potential patients, a record that - among OECD members - only betters that of Turkey, Mexico, ...

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