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What role will the NHS play in the 2017 election?

BMJ 2017; 357 doi: (Published 27 April 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;357:j2024
  1. Ben Page, chief executive
  1. Ipsos MORI

Ben Page looks at how public attitudes to the NHS might affect the general election campaign

The public sees the NHS as one of the top issues in this election campaign, as it did in the 2015 election. But will it be a decisive issue?

Pessimism about the future of the NHS is now the highest we have ever recorded, with 62% expecting deterioration. This puts the UK among the most negative countries globally on the future of healthcare …

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