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NHS faces hard choices

BMJ 1997; 315 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.315.7113.899j (Published 11 October 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;315:899
  1. John Warden
  1. London

    The prospect of a winter crisis in the NHS was glossed over by government ministers at last week's Labour party conference. The prime minister, Tony Blair, said that his vision is not just to save the NHS but to make it better: “The money will be there, I promise you that,” he said.

    And while delegates were disinclined to spoil Labour's election victory celebration, some begged for NHS closures to be reversed. In the conference margins, union leaders refused to rule out industrial action after the chancellor of the exchequer, Gordon Brown, reiterated his call for restraint in public sector pay. The …

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