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Government must be clearer in its claims about NHS funding, says statistics watchdog

BMJ 2016; 355 doi: (Published 24 November 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;355:i6340
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. The BMJ

The UK government must be clearer and more precise in its claims about NHS and healthcare funding, the UK Statistics Authority has said.

The watchdog, which oversees the government’s use of official statistics, examined a repeated claim by the prime minister, Theresa May, that the government had provided £10bn (€11.75bn; $12.4bn) in extra funding for the health service. This followed complaints from the BMA and the Labour Party that this figure, which has also …

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