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Margaret McCartney: Rigging the NHS for votes

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h2269 (Published 28 April 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h2269
  1. Margaret McCartney, general practitioner, Glasgow
  1. margaret{at}margaretmccartney.com

With just days to go the NHS may be vital to the election, but the politicians’ promises, if only they are elected, are astonishing—in their naivety and their lack of an evidence base.

Labour is pledging a “world class” health system, with a “guarantee” of “a GP appointment within 48 hours, and on the same day to those who need it.” It will offer training for GPs “in spotting early signs” of cancer and says that, by 2020, “patients will wait no longer than one week for vital cancer tests.”1

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