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Labour promises further targets for health care if re-elected

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.40276.445359.4D (Published 09 April 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c1947
  1. Deborah Cohen
  1. 1BMJ

    Further process targets will be rolled out if Labour wins the forthcoming general election, health secretary Andy Burnham has promised. This marks a clear difference from the Conservatives, who have pledged to phase them out.

    Speaking at the health policy think tank the King’s Fund the day after Prime Minister Gordon Brown announced a 6 May general election, Mr Burnham said that removal of national standards takes power away from patients and returns it to the system.

    “I believe that in a national health service there must be national standards that every single patient has the right to expect when they arrive at the door of the [NHS],” he …

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