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Labour would divert £100m from NHS reorganisation into primary care

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 13 May 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g3300
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1BMJ

A Labour government would ensure that all patients could get an appointment at their GP surgery within 48 hours and see their doctor on the same day if necessary, the party leader, Ed Miliband, has said.

In a speech in Manchester on 12 May, Miliband put the NHS at the heart of the Labour Party’s campaign to win power in next year’s general election.

He promised to invest an extra £100m (€122m; $169m) a year in primary care by scrapping competition rules in the NHS and cutting bureaucracy created by the coalition government. He said that this money could fund three million more GP appointments every year and take pressure off hospital emergency departments.

Miliband spelt out three ways that Labour planned to improve the NHS: ensuring that physical health, mental health, and social care services work together; making the NHS preventive, …

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