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Conservatives promise to end waiting lists

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: (Published 24 February 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:439
  1. Owen Dyer
  1. London

    Performance targets set by the government for NHS hospitals would be abolished under a new Conservative government, according to the party's health manifesto, released last week. Britain's 28 strategic health authorities would also go, while primary care trusts would have their number and functions reduced, in an effort “to restore the primacy of the doctor-patient relationship.”

    But the manifesto drew criticism from health unions and the Labour party for its proposal to hand NHS money to private patients as a reward for seeking care outside the NHS. Under the plan, patients who sought a private operation would be entitled to 50% of the NHS cost for that procedure as a contribution towards their bill.

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