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Nigel Farage has admitted in a live interview with Good Morning Britain that the Leave campaign had made a mistake in its promise to pour £350 million a week into the NHS if Britain backed a Brexit vote. MORE
In the winter crisis of 2000, Tony Blair promised to bring the UK up to the EU average – and Labour did. Its 7% rises saw the service measurably improve. But the NHS only reached that EU average briefly, before plunging down again.
The government hasn’t lied, or not quite. NHS funds have grown annually, but at just 0.9% a year for 10 years to 2020. It has never had so little. Since 1948 it has had an average 4% more a year, as numbers of the old rise, and expensive new technology and drugs save extra lives. MORE
In essence, the Dept of Health gives a mandate to the NHS, setting out objectives, waiting times, cancer treatment, mental health services etc, etc. A new mandate is being prepared and the Government is inviting public comments on what should be in it – but it isn’t making much of an effort to encourage people to comment – as this article makes clear.
After you have read the article you can give your views here – but don’t forget the deadline is MONDAY.
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The Tories say NHS spending is growing, which it is – but more slowly than the economy is growing. So, under the Tories, the proportion of our national income spent on the NHS is F
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