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BMA calls on next government to avoid “dangerous” cuts to NHS

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.b5200 (Published 02 December 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b5200
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

    The UK’s next government must avoid hastily made cuts in health services or risk seriously damaging the NHS, doctors’ leaders have said.

    The BMA, launching an early bid for the support of politicians before next year’s general election, has warned of the dangers of cutting NHS spending in what it calls a “slash and burn” way to trim public spending during the current economic recession.

    In its general election manifesto, Standing up for Doctors—Standing up for Health, launched on 2 December, the BMA says that all political parties should acknowledge the value of the NHS, which it says provides better value for money than any similar healthcare system in …

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