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BMJ 1998; 316 doi: (Published 21 March 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:881

NHS gains in Budget: An additional £500m ($800m) for the NHS in Britain was announced by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Gordon Brown, in the Budget this week. This brings the total allocation to £1.7bn for 1998-9, and to £2bn since Labour came to power. The health tax on tobacco will raise duty by 5% above inflation from December, …

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