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Cameron promises to ringfence NHS budget in next parliament

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g6002 (Published 02 October 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g6002
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1The BMJ

The prime minister has vowed to protect the NHS budget if the Conservatives win power at the general election next year. Speaking at the Conservative Party conference in Birmingham on 1 October, David Cameron said that the key to a well funded NHS was a stable economy.

He said that the Labour Party, at its own conference last week in Manchester, had spread “complete and utter lies” about the Conservatives privatising the NHS. Cameron said that during this parliament he had protected the NHS budget, funded 6500 more doctors and 3300 more nurses, and delivered “a Cancer Drugs Fund to save lives.” And he promised to …

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