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Labour promises new fund to provide 8000 more GPs

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g5864 (Published 24 September 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g5864
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

A new annual “NHS Time to Care Fund” will be created if the Labour party wins the next general election, which will allow for 8000 more GPs to be recruited, Labour’s leader, Ed Miliband, has announced.

The £2.5bn (€3.2bn; $4.1bn) fund, which will come from introducing a new levy on tobacco companies, a £1.1bn clampdown on tax avoidance, and a “mansion tax” on houses worth more than £2m, will also fund 20 000 more nurses, 3000 more midwives, and 5000 more care workers, all by 2020. Giving his address to the party’s annual conference in Manchester on 23 September, Miliband promised that he would introduce the fund if Labour won next year’s general election. …

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