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NHS ratings stabilise

The British Social Attitudes Survey reveals that public satisfaction with the NHS have stabilised following a record fall, BBC News health correspondent Nick Triggle reports.

The survey put satisfaction with the way the NHS was run at 61%, following a record fall from 70% in 2010, to 58% in 2011.

Proffesor John Appleby, of the King's Fund think tank, told the BBC the poll was an "important barometer".

"With no real change in satisfaction with the NHS in 2012, this suggests the fall in 2011 was not a blip and that the ground lost may take some time to recover," he said.

A spokesman for NHS England stressed it was important for people to remember that the changes that have been implemented put patients at the centre of everything the health service does.