How hard will it be for the Tories and Lib Dems to agree on a health policy?BMJ 2010; 340 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c2571 (Published 12 May 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c2571
- Nicholas Timmins
- 1Financial Times
During five days of tense negotiations to try to form a new government for the United Kingdom, the NHS was barely mentioned.
“Not a deal breaker,” said senior Conservatives and Liberal Democrats as the two parties finally came to agree on the really big issues: how to cut the deficit; when to start cutting the deficit; defence; education; and, critically for the Liberal Democrats, political and electoral reform.
And on one level it is easy to see why this is the case. On the basis that it is money that makes the world go round, there is precious little difference between the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats on NHS finances, despite some divergent rhetoric during the campaign. So what does the future hold for the NHS now that the …